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.
1933: U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" is not obscene. The ruling made the United States the first English-speaking country where the book was freely available.
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