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This Day In History: Dec. 6

1712 The last issue of the Spectator, an influential 18th-century journal written by English essayists Sir Richard Steele and Joseph Addison, appears.
1790 Philadelphia becomes the U.S. capital, succeeding New York City. (It remains the nation's capital until Washington, D.C. takes on the function in 1800.)
1865 The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
1917 Much of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is destroyed by a tidal wave caused when 2 ships, 1 loaded with explosives, collide in Halifax Harbor.
1969 A free rock concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, CA, ends with the fatal stabbing of a fan by a member of Hell's Angels, who were hired as security guards.
1973 Gerald Ford is sworn in as vice president, following the resignation of Spiro Agnew.
1997 In a runoff election, Lee Brown is elected the first black mayor of Houston, TX.


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