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.
1849: Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery in Maryland. After finding work in Pennsylvania, she soon returned to Maryland to rescue her family and then slowly brought more relatives out of the state, eventually guiding more than 300 slaves to freedom.
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