Sunday December 24, 1972, Christmas Eve

US date format: 12/24/1972, UK date format: 24/12/1972

It was Sunday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 24, 1972). 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 May Hariri and Richard Dutruel. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Me And Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul. In UK My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry was in the top 5 hits. Aguirre: The Wrath of God, directed by Werner Herzog, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1972 while The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Nacht der Prominenten. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Hunt the Wumpus or Empire.
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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

  • Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme compares the American bombings of North Vietnam to Nazi massacres. The U.S. breaks diplomatic contact with Sweden.

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Movies

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Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Country: United States of America

State of Siege

State of Siege

Directed by: Costa-Gavras

Starring: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Avanti!

Avanti!

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews

Country: United States of America

Across 110th Street

Across 110th Street

Directed by: Barry Shear

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Frank Adu

Snowball Express

Snowball Express

Directed by: Norman Tokar

Starring: Dean Jones, Nancy Olson, Harry Morgan, Keenan Wynn

Sport Games on December 24, 1972

Sport Games on December 24, 1972


NFL

American Football
  • Cleveland Browns - Miami Dolphins : 14 - 20
  • Green Bay Packers - Washington Redskins : 3 - 16
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TV Series

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Nacht der Prominenten

Nacht der Prominenten

Wild Country

Wild Country

Directed by: Craig Strachan

Double Identity

Double Identity

Directed by: Dennis Dimster

Die lieben Mitmenschen

Die lieben Mitmenschen

Dead of Night

Dead of Night

Directed by: Dan Curtis

Days to next December 24

If December 24, 1972 is your birthday you're 47 years, 9 months, 7 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 23 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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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 …

Harry S. Truman by Margaret Truman

Harry S. Truman

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The definitive biography of one of the most enduring political figures of the 20th century. Margaret Truman writes with unequaled insight and understanding about her father's extraordinary life and offers rare

The Peter Prescription by Laurence J. Peter

The Peter Prescription

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Blending wit and wisdom, Dr. Peter discusses the need for individuals to realize their potential if they are to achieve happiness in life

On The Night Of The Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

On The Night Of The Seventh Moon

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For generations, Victoria Holt has dazzled and entertained millions of readers with her spine-tingling novels of romantic suspense. On the Night of the Seventh Moon is one of her most evocative,

The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian

The Eiger Sanction

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Jonathan Hemlock lives in a renovated Gothic church on Long Island. He is an art professor, a mountain climber, and a mercenary, performing assassinations (i.e.,

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Hunt the Wumpus

Hunt the Wumpus

Platform: BASIC, TI-99/4A

Genre: Adventure game

Pong

Pong

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Sports

Publisher: Atari Inc.

Empire

Empire

Platform: PDP 11/45 (1971), HP2000 (1973), HP3000 (1984), DOS, Commodore Amiga, Macintosh, Windows, Linux (2003)

Genre: 4X, wargame

Frequently Asked Questions

What day of the week was on December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 the day of the week was Sunday.

What zodiac sign is December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 the zodiac sign was Capricorn.

Who was the US President on December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 the US President was Richard Nixon (Republican).

Who was the UK Prime Minister on December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative).

Who was the Pope on December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

Which famous people are born on December 24, 1972?

On December 24, 1972 several famous people were born including, May Hariri, Richard Dutruel, Air France Flight 8969 - Hijacking.

Which famous people died on December 24, 1972?

Famous people died on December 24, 1972 include, Ernst Kreuder, Melville Ruick, Gisela Richter.

What was the number one song in December 24, 1972?

The number one song in the week of December 24, 1972 was Me And Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul in US and My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry in UK.

What were the top hits on December 24, 1972?

The top hits on December 24, 1972 were Me And Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul, I Am Woman by Helen Reddy, You Ought To Be With Me by Al Green in US and My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry, I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony) by The New Seekers, Crazy Horses by The Osmonds in UK.


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