Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1790 – Rhode Island becomes the last of the original US colonies to ratify the Constitution and is admitted as the 13th state (More info)

1942 – Bing Crosby records Irving Berlin’s ‘White Christmas,’ the best-selling Christmas single in history (More info)

1953 – Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay become the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest (More info)

2003 – Comedian Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday (More info)

2004 – The World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC (More info)

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