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On this day: December 6

Published: Dec 06 2012 12:00:14 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

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.

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U.S. Senate Historical Office

1790: The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Congress Hall in Philadelphia. The city, which had served as one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, would serve as a temporary capital through 1800 while the U.S. Capitol building was under construction in Washington, D.C.

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