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Today in history: December 6

In 1884, the Washington Monument was completed

Dec. 6, 1884: The Washington Monument was completed.

Dec. 6, 1923: Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential address on the radio.

Dec. 6, 1941: President Roosevelt urged Japanese Emperor Hirohito to end military aggression in Asia "to prevent further death and destruction in the world." Little did FDR know that at that very moment, Japanese aircraft carriers were nearing Hawaii to launch a devastating sneak attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 6, 1950: President Truman wrote a letter to a Washington Post music critic, threatening to punch him in the nose for a bad review of his daughter Margaret's singing. Of a recent Margaret Truman's performance, the Post's Paul Hume said she was "extremely attractive on the stage... but cannot sing very well. She is flat a good deal of the time." The review enraged her presidential father, who wrote a very unpresidential letter to Hume: "I have never met you, but if I do you'll need a new nose and plenty of beefsteak and perhaps a supporter below."

Margaret Truman was asked about the incident years later: "I thought it was funny," she said. "Sold tickets."

Quote of the Day

"All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway." — Harry S. Truman

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