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Today in History - Dec. 6

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

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2006. There are 25 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 6, 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 1921, British and Irish representatives signed a treaty in London providing for creation of an Irish Free State a year later on the same date.

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 failed as Vanguard TV-3 blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

In 1969, a free concert by The Rolling Stones at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, Calif., 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, 11 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 the University of Montreal’s school of engineering by a man who then took his own life.

Ten years ago: Stock markets around the world plunged after comments by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan were taken to mean that U.S. stock prices were too high. Former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle died in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., at age 70.

Five years ago: The U.S. House of Representatives, by a one-vote margin, gave President Bush more power to negotiate global trade deals. Yasser Arafat’s intensified crackdown on Islamic militants met angry resistance as 1,500 Hamas supporters battled Palestinian riot police outside the home of the group’s leader. President Bush dedicated the national Christmas tree to those who had died on Sept. 11 and to GIs who had died in the line of duty.

One year ago: Two suicide bombers struck Baghdad’s police academy, killing at least 43 people. An Iranian military transport plane crashed in a Tehran suburb as it was trying to make an emergency landing, killing at least 115 people, including 21 on the ground. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor accused of helping lead a terrorist group that carried out suicide bombings against Israel, was acquitted on nearly half the charges against him by a federal court jury in Tampa, Fla.; the jury deadlocked on the other charges. Philadelphia won the first NHL scoreless game that was decided by a shootout, beating Calgary 1-0.

Today’s Birthdays: Jazz musician Dave Brubeck is 86. Country singer Helen Cornelius is 65. Actor James Naughton is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Frankie Beverly (Maze) is 60. Former Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., is 58. Actress JoBeth Williams is 58. Actor Tom Hulce is 53. Actor Kin Shriner is 53. Talk show host Wil Shriner is 53. Actor Miles Chapin is 52. Rock musician Rick Buckler (The Jam) is 51. Comedian Steven Wright is 51. Country singer Bill Lloyd is 51. Singer Tish Hinojosa is 51. Rock musician Peter Buck (R.E.M.) is 50. Rock musician David Lovering (Pixies) is 45. Actress Janine Turner is 44. Rock musician Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl) is 44. Rock musician Ulf “Buddha” Ekberg (Ace of Base) is 36. Actress Colleen Haskell is 30. Actress Lindsay Price is 30.

Thought for Today: “Each and every one of us has one obligation, during the bewildered days of our pilgrimage here: the saving of his own soul, and secondarily and incidentally thereby affecting for good such other souls as come under our influence.” — Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960).