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On this day: December 25

George Washington crosses the Delaware, "To Kill a Mockingbird" premieres, the "Underwear Bomber" is foiled, and the music world mourns George Michael, all on this day.

On this day: December 24

"Silent Night" is first performed, the Library of Congress burns, NORAD begins tracking Santa, and man orbits the moon for the first time, all on this day.

On this day: December 21

The Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock, the first crossword puzzle is published, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premieres, Gen. Patton dies, and Elvis visits Nixon at the White House, all on this day.

On this day: December 20

The Louisiana Purchase is completed, South Carolina secedes from the U.S., Edison demonstrates his incandescent light, Elvis gets drafted, and the U.S. invades Panama, all on this day.

On this day: December 19

"A Christmas Carol" is first published, the NHL plays its first games, Apollo 17 splashes down, and the U.S. House impeaches President Bill Clinton, all on this day.

On this day: December 18

America celebrates its first official day of thanksgiving, "The Nutcracker" debuts, and the first nuclear power plant in America goes online, all on this day.

On this day: December 17

France recognizes America as a nation, the Wright brothers take flight, the NFL holds its first championship game, and Kim Jong-il dies, all on this day.

On this day: December 16

Beethoven is born, the colonials enjoy a tea party in Boston, the Battle of the Bulge begins, and Jimi Hendrix releases his first single, all on this day.

On this day: December 14

George Washington dies, a spacecraft flies by Venus for the first time, President George W. Bush ducks flying shoes, and tragedy hits Sandy Hook, all on this day.