Friday December 24, 1971, Christmas Eve

US date format: 12/24/1971, UK date format: 24/12/1971

It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 24, 1971). The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Ricky Martin and Jeremy Davidson (actor). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Brand New Key by Melanie. In UK Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) by Benny Hill was in the top 5 hits. Gumshoe, directed by Stephen Frears, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1971 while Bear Island by Alistair MacLean was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Star Trek or Computer Space.
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Historical Events

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Holidays

  • 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.

Events

  • Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke (found ten days later).

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Movies

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Gumshoe

Gumshoe

Directed by: Stephen Frears

Starring: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay, Janice Rule

Women in Revolt

Women in Revolt

Directed by: Paul Morrissey

Starring: Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Jonathan Kramer

Country: United States of America

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Country: United States of America

Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude

Directed by: Hal Ashby

Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack

Country: United States of America

Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry

Directed by: Don Siegel

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Country: United States of America

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TV Series

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The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

Starring: Billy Van, Julius Sumner Miller, Vincent Price, Fishka Rais

Country: Canada

Prosjaci i sinovi

Prosjaci i sinovi

Starring: Rade Serbedzija, Antun Kujavec, Milan Srdoc, Biserka Alibegovic

The NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie

The NBC Tuesday Mystery Movie

Country: United States of America

Tip en Tap

Tip en Tap

Polka Dot Door

Polka Dot Door

Days to next December 24

If December 24, 1971 is your birthday you're 48 years, 8 months, 30 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 3 months, 1 day.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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Bear Island by Alistair MacLean

Bear Island

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Reissue of the classic tale of adventure and death on a mysterious Arctic island, from the acclaimed master of action and suspense.A

Message From Malaga by Helen MacInnes

Message From Malaga

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"That delay in the delivery of the message from Málaga could have been absolutely disastrous. As it was, there had been irreparable loss: an agent dead."Under

Tracy And Hepburn by Garson Kanin

Tracy And Hepburn

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This classic Hollywood memoir is again available, now with a new foreword by the author. Spence Tracy and Kate Hepburn were the couple everyone knew of but no one really knew

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War

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Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America's Greatest Generation.Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and …

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York …

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Star Trek

Star Trek

Platform: originally SDS Sigma 7, HP 2000, Data General Nova

Genre: Strategy game

Galaxy Game

Galaxy Game

Platform: Arcade (PDP-11)

Genre: Space combat simulation

Computer Space

Computer Space

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Space combat simulation

Publisher: Nutting Associates

The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

Platform: Android; Apple II, iOS, Macintosh; BlackBerry; Commodore 64; DOS; Facebook; Java ME; Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS, Wii; Windows, Mobile, Phone 7

Genre: Simulation

Publisher: Brøderbund The Learning Company Gameloft


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