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Today in history: December 6

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Tuesday, December sixth, the 340th day of 2005. There are 25 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On December sixth, 1889, Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, died in New Orleans.

On this date:
In 1790, Congress moved from New York to Philadelphia.

In 1884, Army engineers completed construction of the Washington Monument.

In 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress.

In 1947, Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated by President Truman.

In 1957, America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

In 1969, a concert by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California, was marred by the deaths of four people, including one who was stabbed by a Hell's Angel.

In 1973, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew.

In 1982, eleven soldiers and six civilians were killed when an Irish National Liberation Army bomb exploded in a pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland.

In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at at the University of Montreal's school of engineering by a man who then took his own life.

In 1989, Egon Krenz resigned as leader of East Germany.

Ten years ago: President Clinton vetoed a seven-year Republican budget-balancing plan. The House ethics committee sent a highly critical letter to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, saying he had committed three ethics violations. New York Times columnist James Reston died in Washington at age 86.

Five years ago: Florida Republican leaders announced the Legislature would convene in special session to appoint its own slate of electors in the state's contested presidential race; Democrats denounced the action as unnecessary. U-S businessman Edmond Pope was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment by a Moscow court for espionage; however, Pope was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin and released eight days after his sentencing. Actor Werner Klemperer died in New York at age 80.

One year ago: Militants struck the U-S Consulate in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, with explosives and machine guns; nine people were killed in the attack claimed by al-Qaida. Ohio certified President Bush's 119-thousand-vote victory over John Kerry, even as the Kerry campaign and third-party candidates prepared to demand a statewide recount. A dozen expensive homes under construction in Indian Head, Maryland, were burned down. (Five men were later accused of arson; one suspect said in a plea agreement that the homes were targeted because many of the homebuyers were black.)

Today's Birthdays: Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 85. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 64. Actor James Naughton is 60. Rhythm-and-blues singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 59. Former Senator Don Nickles (Republican, Oklahoma) is 57. Actress JoBeth Williams is 57. Actor Tom Hulce is 52. Actor Kin Shriner is 52. Talk show host Wil Shriner is 52. Actor Miles Chapin is 51. Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 50. Comedian Steven Wright is 50. Country singer Bill Lloyd is 50. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 50. Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 49. Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 44. Actress Janine Turner is 43. Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 43. Rock musician Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 35. Actress Colleen Haskell is 29. Actress Lindsay Price is 29.

Thought for Today: "Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness." -- Madame Virginie de Rieux (ver-zhee-NEE' duh ree-UH'), 16th-century French writer.