Thursday 24 December 2009, Christmas Eve
It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Barack Obama (Democratic). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Empire State Of Mind by Jay-Z.
Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2009
while Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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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.
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- The Barack Obama administration pledges to back mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac up to US$810 billion during 2010, up from the current US$200 billion, no matter how big their losses may be in the next three years.
- Pope Benedict XVI is knocked down by a woman during a procession before the Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. He is uninjured, but Roger Cardinal Etchegaray suffers a hip fracture. (BBC)
- At least 40 people are killed and many injured after a tour bus plunges into a ravine near Cuzco, Peru. (Xinhua)
- Iran says it is to invalidate banknotes which have been pasted with slogans in the name of the Opposition by 8 January 2010. (BBC)
- The Indian Army kills nine members of the Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak and Kanglei Yana Kan Lup during three incidents in Manipur. (BBC)
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signs a decree ordering a 20% cut of staff at the Interior Ministry after a series of scandals involving the police. (Reuters)
- China sentences a further five people to death over riots in Ürümqi, Xinjiang in July, bringing the total number of people sentenced to death to 22. (IOL)
- Vietnamese authorities charge human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh with attempts to ampquotoverthrow the stateampquot. (MSN Malaysia)
- Turkish police arrest over 43 campaigners and members of the banned Kurdish Communities Union in raids. (Deutsche Welle)
- At least three bodies have been recovered and 23 are missing after a collision between a ferry and a fishing boat in the Philippines. (CBC)
- A suicide bomb attack kills at least eight people in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (BBC)
- Bomb attacks in the Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Hilla leave 23 dead. (BBC)
- Thousands of Christian pilgrims gather in Bethlehem in the West Bank to mark Christmas. (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
- Niger issues arrest warrants for three opposition leaders including a former President, as it condemns the Economic Community of West African States' refusal to recognise the legitimacy of President Mamadou Tandja. (allAfrica.com)
- The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu speaks out against a bill being debated in Uganda that would outlaw homosexuality. (BBC)
- The United States Senate passes a health-care bill expected to extend insurance coverage to 30 million additional Americans, in a party-line vote, 60-39. (CNN)
- An Israeli man is shot dead by Palestinian gunmen in the northern West Bank. (''The Jerusalem Post'')
- At least 30 suspected Al-Qaeda militants are killed in an airstrike in Shabwah Governorate, Yemen. (BBC)
- Venezuela orders businesses to cut electricity consumption by 20% as droughts threaten generation capacity at the 10.2 gigawatt Guri hydroelectric power station. (Merco Press)
- The Greek parliament approves emergency cuts in government spending for 2010 in an attempt to reduce the country's budget deficit. (BBC News)
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