Video: 'Everglades National Park Dedication (December 6, 1947)'
(Saturday, December 6, 1947, 2:30 p.m. EST) — Everglades National Park, a U.S. National Park in Florida that protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades, was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman today in Everglades City. Continue reading Everglades National Park dedicated by President Truman 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1947)
Video: 'Vanguard TV3 Rocket Launch Explosion'
(Friday, December 6, 1957, 16:44:34 UTC; during the Cold War) — America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit around the Earth failed today as Vanguard TV3 rose about four feet off a Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch pad before crashing down and exploding. Continue reading America’s first attempt to launch a satellite fails 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1957)
Video: 'Monongah 1907 Mine Disaster'
(Friday, December 6, 1907, 10:28 a.m. local time) — The worst mining disaster in American history occurred today as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in Monongah, West Virginia. Continue reading 362 killed in worst mining disaster in U.S. history 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1907)
Video: 'The Halifax Explosion Documentary' (Dec. 6, 1917, at 11:45)
(Thursday, December 6, 1917, 9:04:35 a.m. AST; during World War I) — Some 2,000 people died and another 9,000 were injured today when a French cargo ship laden with high explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Narrows, a strait connecting the upper Halifax Harbour to Bedford Basin, setting off a blast that devastated Halifax, Nova Scotia. Continue reading Some 2,000 people die in Halifax Explosion 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1917)