Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned King of England (More info)

1776 – George Washington and the Continental Army cross the Delaware River, hoping to surprise a Hessian force celebrating Christmas at their winter quarters in Trenton, New Jersey (More info)

1941 – ‘White Christmas,’ written by Irving Berlin, premieres on Bing Crosby’s radio program and goes on to become one of the most commercially successful singles of all time (More info)

1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as president of the Soviet Union; the union itself dissolves the next day (More info)

2000 – A fire during a Christmas party at an unlicensed disco in Luoyang, China kills more than 300 people (More info)