Have You Heard? – December 6, 2015

Have You Heard, today (12/6) marks the 131st anniversary of the completion of construction on the Washington Monument.
The obelisk was dedicated in early 1885 and, after interior work was finished, opened to the public in 1888.
Standing 555 feet tall, it surpassed the Cologne Cathedral in Germany (515 feet) as the world’s tallest man-made structure, holding that distinction until the Eiffel Tower (1,031 feet) was completed in 1889.

The Eiffel Tower had the record for 41 years.

Former Senators Bob (R-Kansas) and Elizabeth (R-North Carolina) Dole married 40 years ago today (12/6/1975).
It was Bob’s second marriage and Elizabeth’s first.
Bob is now 92. Elizabeth is 79.

145 years ago today, Joseph Rainey of Georgetown County became the first black member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rainey was born into slavery but was a free man during the Civil War.
However, he and his family moved to Bermuda during the war and made a decent amount of money as a barber.
Rainey returned to South Carolina in 1866. He was elected to Congress and served four terms.
Rainey died in Georgetown in 1887 in Georgetown. He was 55.

Roy Orbison was only 52 when he died 27 years ago today.

South Carolina state representative Alan Clemmons (R-Myrtle Beach) is 57 today.

Today is also “Pawnbrokers Day,” “Miners’ Day” and “Gazpacho Day.”

You can see “Have You Heard” each weeknight after weather on News13 at 11:00.

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