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 - Hugo Chavez
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1998: In Venezuela, former Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez is elected president. He had staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier.

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