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  • The Washington Monument – Today In Southern History

    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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