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.
1953: Actor Tom Hulce, best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Mozart in the movie "Amadeus" and his role as "Pinto" in "National Lampoon's Animal House," is born in Detroit, Michigan.
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