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.
1907: Jazz singer-songwriter and bandleader Cab Calloway, known as a master of energetic scat singing, is born in Rochester, New York. Calloway led one of America's most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s through to the late 1940s and continued performing nearly up until his death at age 86 in November 1994, including a memorable role performing "Minnie the Moocher" in 1980's "The Blues Brothers."
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