On this day: December 25

POSTED: 10:30 PM PST Dec 22, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Dec 24, 2015 

George Washington crosses the Delaware, "To Kill a Mockingbird" premieres, Gorbachev resigns, and passengers on a Christmas flight into Detroit foil the "Underwear Bomber," all on this day.

OTD December 25 - Ceausescus
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1989: Nicolae Ceausescu, the former communist president of Romania, and his wife, First Deputy Prime Minister Elena Ceausescu, are found guilty of charges ranging from illegal gathering of wealth to genocide during a hastily organized two-hour show trial and then immediately executed by firing squad.


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