Today in Southern History: The Washington Monument

6 December 1884 

On this date in 1884…

Workers placed the 3,300 pound marble capstone on the Washington Monument, completing construction of the 555-foot Egyptian-styled obelisk in Washington D.C.

Other Years:

  • 1833 – Confederate Colonel and “Gray Ghost” John S. Mosby was born in Powhatan County, Virginia. 
  • 1865 The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery. 
  • 1889 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis died and was buried at New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • 1907 – In Monongah, Western Virginia, 361 people were killed in America’s worst mine disaster. 
  • 1947 – The Everglades National Park in Florida was dedicated.
  • 1957 – America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed when the satellite blew up on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1987 – Three Missouri satanist teenagers were found to have beaten a friend to death for fun.


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