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.

OTD December 25 - Cab Calloway
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1907: Jazz singer-songwriter and bandleader Cab Calloway, known as a master of energetic scat singing, is born in Rochester, New York. Calloway led one of America's most popular big bands from the start of the 1930s through to the late 1940s and continued performing nearly up until his death at age 86 in November 1994, including a memorable role performing "Minnie the Moocher" in 1980's "The Blues Brothers."

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