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.
1889: Jefferson Davis, the first, and only, president of the Confederate States of America, dies at the age of 81 in New Orleans.
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