Congress memorializes George Washington, Babe Ruth's contract is sold to the Yankees, Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time, and a killer tsunami rolls across the Indian Ocean, all on this day.
1862: After trials and sentencing following the Dakota War of 1862, 38 Dakota are hanged in Mankato, Minn., in the largest one-day execution in American history.
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