Thursday 24 December 1903, Christmas Eve
It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn (see planets position on December 24, 1903). The US president was Theodore Roosevelt (Republican).
Famous people born on this day include Joseph Cornell and Ava Helen Pauling.
The Magic Lantern, directed by Georges Méliès, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1903
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 24 December 1903 ?
- 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.
- Joseph Cornell: American sculptor and director (d. 1972).
- Ava Helen Pauling: American human rights activist (d. 1981).
- Ernst Krenkel: Polish-Russian geographer and explorer (d. 1971).
- Ava Pauling: American humanitarian and activist (d. 1981).