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.
1947: The Everglades National Park in Florida is dedicated by President Harry S. Truman. Today, it is the third-largest national park in the lower 48 states after Death Valley and Yellowstone.
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