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

1865 – The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, resulting in a ban of slavery (More info)

1884 – The Washington Monument in Washington, DC is completed (More info)

1917 – The most devastating man-made explosion in the pre-atomic age occurs when the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes 20 minutes after colliding with another vessel in Halifax, Nova Scotia (More info)

1933 – Federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’ is not obscene (More info)

1969 – Meredith Hunter is killed by the Hells Angels during a Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in California (More info)