Thursday 24 December 1942, Christmas Eve
It was Thursday, under the sign of Capricorn (see planets position on December 24, 1942). The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Quentin Bryce and Indra Bania.
Margin for Error, directed by Otto Preminger, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1942
On TV people were watching Voice of America News.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 24 December 1942 ?
- 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.
- Quentin Bryce: Politician.
- Indra Bania: Indian actor director and playwright (d. 2015).
- Jonathan Borofsky: American sculptor and painter.
- Đoàn Hoạt: Vietnamese journalist educator and activist.
- Red army occupies German airports at Tasjinskaja and Morozowsk
- World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral Francois Darlan in Algiers.
- French Admiral Darlan, the former Vichy leader who had switched over to the Allies following the Torch landings, is assassinated in Algiers.