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.
1995: Singer and actor Dean Martin, known for being a member of the "Rat Pack" and for his partnership with Jerry Lewis, dies of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema at the age of 78 in Beverly Hills, California. Some of Martin's hit singles included "That's Amore," "Everybody Loves Somebody," "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You," "Volare" and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?"
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