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: Vladimir Nabokov completes his controversial novel "Lolita" after five years. The book, about a middle-aged literature professor who becomes obsessed and sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl, would take nearly another two years to be published due to its controversial subject. After its publication, it would quickly become considered a classic.
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