On this day: December 6

POSTED: 09:00 PM PST Dec 05, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 05, 2015 

Harriet Tubman escapes slavery, the capstone is set on the Washington Monument, the TV special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" debuts, and Roy Orbison passes away, all on this day.

OTD December 6 - Gerald Ford
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Library of Congress

1973: The United States House of Representatives votes 387 to 35 to confirm Gerald Ford as vice president of the United States, replacing Vice President Spiro Agnew, who had resigned and then pleaded no contest to criminal charges of tax evasion and money laundering on Oct. 10, 1973. The vote, coming nine days after the U.S. Senate confirmed Ford by a 92-3 vote, marks the first time the vice-presidential vacancy provision of the 25th Amendment had been implemented.


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