Sunday 24 December 1939, Christmas Eve
It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn (see planets position on December 24, 1939). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Dean Corll and Marcia Starck.
Of Mice and Men, directed by Lewis Milestone, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1939
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 24 December 1939 ?
- 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.
- Dean Corll: Shot, he raped and killed 26 boys.
- Marcia Starck: American astrologer and a healer who incorporates astrology, nutrition, herbology, and other healing techniques in her client consultations.
- Dominique Jameux
- Johnny Kidd: Rocker ( & Pirates), dies at 26 in a car crash.
- Dean Corll: American homicide; a mass murderer of the 1970s whose shocking case blasted its way into the public consciousness.
- World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.