On this day: December 25

Published On: Dec 23 2012 12:30:23 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 25 2014 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 - Andrew Johnson
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1868: In one of his last significant moves as president, U.S. President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional amnesty to all Civil War Confederate soldiers. Earlier amnesties, requiring signed oaths and excluding certain classes of people, had been issued by President Abraham Lincoln and by Johnson.

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