On this day: December 6

POSTED: 09:00 PM PST Dec 05, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 05, 2013 

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 - James Monroe
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1820: U.S. President James Monroe is re-elected for a second term. It was the third and last presidential election in United States history in which a candidate ran effectively unopposed.

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