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.
1997: Actor Denver Pyle, best known for playing Briscoe Darling on "The Andy Griffith Show" and Uncle Jesse in "The Dukes of Hazzard," dies of lung cancer at the age of 77 in Burbank, Calif.
National Archives and Records Administration
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