In 1995, Rat Pack member Dean Martin died on Christmas Day, at the age of 78. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, died on Christmas Day, 2006. He was 73 years old and had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Actress, singer and comedian Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2008.
In one of the most famous and decisive moments of the American Revolution, General George Washington led his army across the Delaware River to Trenton, New Jersey, with the password "Victory or Death." In the evening of December 25, 1776, they captured 1,000 Hessian soldiers in a surprise attack that raised morale in Washington's troops and turned the tide of the war.