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.
1994: One of the falcon props from the 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie "The Maltese Falcon" is auctioned for $398,500 to Ronald Winston, president of the New York-based Harry Winston jewelry chain. At that time, it was the highest price paid for a film prop.
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