Wednesday December 24, 1986, Christmas Eve

US date format: 12/24/1986, UK date format: 24/12/1986

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 24, 1986). The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Riyo Mori and Satomi Ishihara. In that special week of December people in US were listening to Walk Like An Egyptian by Bangles. In UK The Final Countdown by Europe was in the top 5 hits. Assassination, directed by Peter R. Hunt, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1986 while It by Stephen King was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Street Legal. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Infiltrator or Defender of the Crown.
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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

  • French hostage Aurel Cornea, held in Lebanon for 9 months, released.
  • Iran offensive against Iraqi islands of Shatt al-Arab.

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Movies

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Assassination

Assassination

Directed by: Peter R. Hunt

Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Stephen Elliott, Jan Gan Boyd

Witchboard

Witchboard

Directed by: Kevin Tenney

Starring: Todd Allen, Tawny Kitaen, Stephen Nichols, Kathleen Wilhoite

Wisdom

Wisdom

Directed by: Emilio Estevez

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright

Star Slammer

Star Slammer

Directed by: Fred Olen Ray

Starring: Sandy Brooke, Suzy Stokey, Ross Hagen, Marya Gant

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Directed by: Gene Saks

Starring: Blythe Danner, Jonathan Silverman, Stacey Glick, Lisa Waltz

TV Series

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Street Legal

Street Legal

The Little Vampire

The Little Vampire

Directed by: Uli Edel

Alfons Zitterbacke

Alfons Zitterbacke

Gung Ho

Gung Ho

Directed by: Ray Enright

Blood Red Roses

Blood Red Roses

Directed by: Bill Lyons

Days to next December 24

If December 24, 1986 is your birthday you're 33 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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It by Stephen King

It

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Now a major motion picture Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers…an evil …

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot

The Christmas Day Kitten

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The famous veterinarian/writer shares the true story of how an independent-minded stray cat gives a woman and her three Basset hounds a Christmas present.

James Herriot'S Dog Stories by James Herriot

James Herriot'S Dog Stories

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In this very special, heart-warming collection of favorite stories about dogs great and small, James Herriot tells us about his own dogs and all the wonderful people and animals we have

One More Time by Carol Burnett

One More Time

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Carol Burnett spent most of her childhood in a Depression-scarred Hollywood neighborhood, where she lived in a single-room apartment with her endearingly batty grandmother, Nanny, a hypochondriacal Christian Scientist with a

The Prince Of Tides by Pat Conroy

The Prince Of Tides

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PAT CONROY has created a huge, brash thunderstorm of a novel, stinging with honesty and resounding with drama. Spanning forty years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Commando Libya

Commando Libya

Platform: Commodore 64

Genre: Shoot 'em up

Harrier Combat Simulator

Harrier Combat Simulator

Platform: Commodore 64

Genre: Flight simulation[1] using a first-person perspective

King Kong 2: Yomigaeru Densetsu

King Kong 2: Yomigaeru Densetsu

Platform: MSX2

Genre: Role-playing video game

Publisher: Konami

Infiltrator

Infiltrator

Platform: Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, DOS, NES, ZX Spectrum

Genre: Action

Publisher: U.S. Gold, Mindscape

Defender of the Crown

Defender of the Crown

Platform: DOS, NES, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Apple Macintosh, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Commodore CDTV, CD-i, Windows, Game Boy Advance, iOS

Genre: Strategy game

Publisher: Cinemaware


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