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.
1907: A coal mine explosion at Monongah, W.Va., kills 362 workers. The accident has been described as the worst mining disaster in American history.
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U.S. Army Signal Corps
Courtesy of NOAA/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island
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