spotlight Today in history: Dec. 6 Dec 6, 2019 Dec 6, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1865: 13th Amendment On Dec. 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was ratified as Georgia became the 27th state to endorse it. Charles Rex Arbogast 1923: Calvin Coolidge In 1923, a presidential address was broadcast on radio for the first time as President Coolidge spoke to a joint session of Congress. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1957: Vanguard TV3 In 1957, America's first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral launch pad before crashing down and exploding. AP 1973: Gerald Ford In 1973, House minority leader Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew. STF 1989: University Shooting In 1989, 14 women were shot to death at the University of Montreal's school of engineering by a man who then took his own life. Anonymous 1998: Hugo Chavez In 1998, in Venezuela, former Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez), who had staged a bloody coup attempt against the government six years earlier, was elected president. JOSE CARUCI 2001: George W. Bush In 2001, the House of Representatives, by a one-vote margin, gave President George W. Bush more power to negotiate global trade deals. President Bush dedicated the national Christmas tree to those who had died on Sept. 11 and to service members who had died in the line of duty. HILLERY SMITH GARRISON 2007: George W. Bush In 2007, President George W. Bush announced a plan to freeze interest rates on subprime mortgages held by hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Charles Dharapak 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama visited the U.S. Senate during a rare Sunday session to rally Democrats behind closed doors on a health care overhaul. Alex Brandon 2009: Kennedy Center Honors Ten years ago: The Kennedy Center Honors lauded jazz great Dave Brubeck, rocker Bruce Springsteen, actor Robert De Niro, comic genius Mel Brooks and opera singer Grace Bumbry. Kevin Wolf 2014: Bill Cassidy Five years ago: In a runoff in Louisiana, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, denying her a fourth term and extending the GOP's domination of the 2014 midterm elections. Bill Feig 2014: Luke Somers & Pierre Korkie Five years ago: Officials announced that American photojournalist Luke Somers and a South African teacher, Pierre Korkie, were killed during a high-risk U.S. raid to free them from al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Yemen. STR 2017: Time-Person of the Year In 2017, Time magazine named as its Person of the Year the "Silence Breakers" - those who had shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment. Evan Agostini 2017: Trump Jerusalem In 2017, President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel's capital, defying warnings from the Palestinians and others around the world that he would be destroying hopes for Mideast peace. Majdi Mohammed 2018: George H.W. Bush One year ago: Flag-waving crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush from the Houston area to College Station, Texas, for burial on the grounds of his presidential library. David J. Phillip 2018: Golden Globe Nominations One year ago: The Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” led the way with six Golden Globe nominations, including nods for best comedy picture and best actor for Christian Bale. Chris Pizzello 2018: Kevin Hart One year ago: Kevin Hart announced that he had stepped down as Oscars host following an outcry over anti-gay tweets and comments he had made in the past. 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