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.
1958: Filmmaker and animator Nick Park, best known as the creator of "Wallace and Gromit," is born in Preston, Lancashire, England. Park has been nominated for an Academy Award a total of six times, and won four with "Creature Comforts" (1989), "The Wrong Trousers" (1993), "A Close Shave" (1995) and "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" (2005).
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