On this day: December 25

Published On: Dec 23 2012 12:30:23 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 25 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

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.

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1974: Marshall Fields crashes his Chevrolet Impala through a gate at the White House complex and drives up to the building's North Portico. Dressed in Arab clothing and claiming to be the Messiah and that he was laden with explosives, Fields held off Secret Service agents for four hours before surrendering. The explosives he claimed to be in possession of were discovered to be flares. President Gerald Ford and his family were not home at the time. As a result of this attack, the Secret Service began to review their security measures and would replace the 19th century wrought iron gates in 1976.

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