December 6th may seem like just another day like all the rest. From a historical viewpoint; however, December 6th proves to be a very important date. It was on this date in 1884 that the famous Washington Monument was completed; the same monument that is marveled at every day by tourists. In 1947, the Florida Everglades were dedicated as a national park by President Harry S. Truman, and just twenty six years later, in 1973, Gerald Ford was sworn in as Vice President. This marked the first time that a Vice President was sworn in that was not elected by the American People. It was also on this date in 1998 that the infamous Hugo Chavez became the President of Venezuela. To learn more of the importance of this date, watch the This Day in History video on December 6th.