Monday December 24, 1973, Christmas Eve

US date format: 12/24/1973, UK date format: 24/12/1973

It was Monday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 24, 1973). 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 Stephenie Meyer and Frédéric Demontfaucon. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce. McQ, directed by John Sturges, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1973 while The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Seven Little Australians. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Gotcha or Lunar Lander.
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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

  • In New Mexico, USA, a magnitude 4.1 earthquake occurs.
  • Ferryboat capsizes off coast of Ecuador, drowning 200.
  • District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.

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Movies

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McQ

McQ

Directed by: John Sturges

Starring: John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst

The Sting

The Sting

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning

Country: United States of America

The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Country: United States of America

Shanghai Joe

Shanghai Joe

Directed by: Mario Caiano

Starring: Chen Lee, Klaus Kinski, Carla Romanelli, Gordon Mitchell

Papillon

Papillon

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Starring: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Country: United States of America

TV Series

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Seven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians

Within These Walls

Within These Walls

Directed by: James Tucker

Don Blech und der goldene Junker

Don Blech und der goldene Junker

Shaft

Shaft

Directed by: John Singleton

Casshan

Casshan

Written by:

Directed by: Takao Koyama

Starring: Ikuo Nishikawa

Country: Japan

Days to next December 24

If December 24, 1973 is your birthday you're 46 years, 9 months, 1 day old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 29 days.
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Magazine Covers

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Books

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The First Deadly Sin by Lawrence Sanders

The First Deadly Sin

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In the first novel in Lawrence Sanders’s bestselling Deadly Sins series, New York cop Edward Delaney chases a serial killer who’s armed with a mysterious weaponNew York Police Department Captain Edward

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

The Hollow Hills

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Keeping watch over the young Arthur Pendragon, the prince and prophet Merlin Ambrosius is haunted by dreams of the magical sword Caliburn, which has been hidden for centuries.

World Without End, Amen by Jimmy Breslin

World Without End, Amen

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Adrift in New York, an alcoholic cop searches for meaning in his life by revisiting his pastThe department has taken away Dermot Davey’s gun.

The Salamander by Morris L. West

The Salamander

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Slight signs of wear!

In One Era And Out The Other by Sam Levenson

In One Era And Out The Other

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The beloved humorist and author Sam Levenson finds that some of his old worldviews don’t fit the new one he now sees. Levenson’s grew up the youngest of eight children in a large Jewish immigrant family in New York.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

TREK73

TREK73

Platform: HP Time-Shared BASIC

Genre: Space combat simulation

Lemonade Stand

Lemonade Stand

Genre: Business

Gotcha

Gotcha

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Maze

Publisher: Atari Inc.

Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander

Platform: DEC GT40 graphics terminal, PDP-11 based

Genre: Retro/Simulation


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