Friday 24 December 1943, Christmas Eve
It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Christiane Schmidtmer and Tatton Sykes.
A Guy Named Joe, directed by Victor Fleming, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1943
On TV people were watching Voice of Firestone Televues.
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- December 24 is celebrated as the day before Christmas, thus called Christmas Eve.
- It is the day when food is traditionally set out for Santa Claus and his reindeer. Children around the world are urged to go to bed early so they are not awake when he arrives.
- In Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, the Czech Republic and Slovakia among others, this is the day that presents are exchanged and opened.
- The Declaration of Christmas Peace takes place in the Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City, according to old traditions dating back to the Middle Ages.
- Christiane Schmidtmer: Heidelberg, Germany -- Actress (Ship of Fools).
- Tatton Sykes: English Baron / large landowner.
- Tarja Halonen: Finnish politician, the first Finnish woman president.
- Noëlla Pontois: French dancer, a famed ballerina.
- Christian Raymond: French road bicycle racer, who won a stage in the 1970 Tour de France.
- Don Ridgway: American Mensan and astrologer, the son of a Mensan born July 16, 1922 at 6 AM, Iola Ks.
- Noéla Pontois: Vendéme Dancers
- Suzy Menkes: English journalist and critic
- FDR appoints General Eisenhower Supreme Commander of Allied forces
- US President Franklin Roosevelt appoints General Dwight Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces.
- World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.
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