Tuesday 24 December 1940, Christmas Eve
It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see planets position on December 24, 1940). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Sharon Farrell and Anthony Fauci.
Hudson's Bay, directed by Irving Pichel, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1940
On TV people were watching Tom and Jerry.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
What the sky looked like on 24 December 1940
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Which were the important events of 24 December 1940 ?
- 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.
- Sharon Farrell
- Anthony Fauci: US health official.
- Jorma Kaukonen in Washington DC: USA; rock guitarist/vocalist (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna).
- Janet Carroll: American actress and singer (d. 2012).
- Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual non-violence leader writes his second letter to Adolf Hitler addressing him quotMy friendquot, requesting him to stop the war Germany had begun.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a fireside chat to the nation, declares that the United States must become ampquotthe great arsenal of democracy.ampquot
- WWII: ampquotSecond Great Fire of Londonampquot ndash Luftwaffe carries out a massive incendiary bombing raid, starting 1,500 fires. Many famous buildings, including the Guildhall and Trinity House, are either damaged or destroyed.