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 - Billy Martin
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1989: Former New York Yankees player and manager Billy Martin, 61, is killed when the pickup truck he was riding in crashes during an ice storm at the end of the driveway to his farm in Port Crane, New York. Martin managed the Yankees during five different stints, leading them to a World Series title in 1977, and also managed for four other major-league teams.


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