On this day: December 6

Published On: Dec 05 2012 11:00:14 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 06 2016 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

OTD December 6 - Werner Klemperer
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2000: Actor Werner Klemperer, best known for the role of Colonel Klink on the sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," dies from cancer at age 80 in New York City. Klemperer (seen here with Bob Crane in a publicity photo for "Hogan's Heroes") was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1920, but his family fled Germany in 1935. He began a professional acting career on Broadway after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He earned Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for each year of "Hogan's Heroes'" six seasons, winning the award in 1968 and 1969.

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