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.
1989: Nicolae Ceausescu, the former communist president of Romania, and his wife, First Deputy Prime Minister Elena Ceausescu, are found guilty of charges ranging from illegal gathering of wealth to genocide during a hastily organized two-hour show trial and then immediately executed by firing squad.
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