Tuesday December 24, 1996, Christmas Eve

US date format: 12/24/1996, UK date format: 24/12/1996

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see birth chart on December 24, 1996). The US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Mackenzie Marie . In that special week of December people in US were listening to Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton. Retroactive, directed by Louis Morneau, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1996 while Beware, the Snowman by R.L. Stine was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Out of Sight. If you liked videogames you were probably playing A-10 Cuba! or DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure.
But much more happened that day: find out below..

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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.

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Movies

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Retroactive

Retroactive

Directed by: Louis Morneau

Starring: Jim Belushi, Kylie Travis, Shannon Whirry, Frank Whaley

Dinosaur Valley Girls

Dinosaur Valley Girls

Directed by: Donald F. Glut

Starring: Jeff Rector, William Marshall, Griffin Drew, Harrison Ray

I'm Not Rappaport

I'm Not Rappaport

Directed by: Herb Gardner

Starring: Walter Matthau, Ossie Davis, Amy Irving, Craig T. Nelson

Little Witches

Little Witches

Directed by: Jane Simpson

Starring: Mimi Rose, Sheeri Rappaport, Jennifer Rubin, Jack Nance

Scream

Scream

Directed by: Wes Craven

Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Country: United States of America

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in that special week of December 24, 1996?
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Top #10 R&B songs

  1. - I Believe I Can Fly (From "Space Jam")
  2. - Un-Break My Heartyoutube
  3. - Nobody
  4. - Don't Let Go (Love)
  5. - Pony
  6. - I Believe In You And Me (From "The Preacher's Wife")
  7. - What Kind Of Man Would I Be
  8. - No Diggity
  9. - No Time
  10. - You Don't Have To Worry/I'm Still In Love With You

Top #5 Latin songs

  1. - Trapecista
  2. - Asi Como Te Conoci
  3. - No Pude Enamorarme Mas
  4. - Palomita Blanca
  5. - El Principe

TV Series

Which were the most popular TV Series released in those months?
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Out of Sight

Out of Sight

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Staying Alive

Staying Alive

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Two Fat Ladies

Two Fat Ladies

Starring: Clarissa Dickson Wright, Jennifer Paterson

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes

L.A. Heat

L.A. Heat

Days to next December 24

If December 24, 1996 is your birthday you're 23 years, 9 months, 2 days old and you'll celebrate your next birthday in 2 months, 28 days.
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Magazine Covers

What news were making the headlines those days in December 1996?

  • LIFE: The Virgin Mary
  • Time: Inset: photos (L-R): Phil Bray-Miramax; Michele Gregolin-Reuters; Chris Buck-Outline; Steve Sands-Ou
  • SportsIllustrated: Sports Illustrated: no.9566
  • EW: Entertainment Weekly: no.358
  • Wired: Wired - December, 1996

Books

Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks?
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Beware, the Snowman by R.L. Stine

Beware, the Snowman

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They're baa-ack! Make way for the bestselling children's series of all time! With a fresh new look, GOOSEBUMPS is set to scare a whole new generation of kids.

The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman

The Fallen Man

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Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by …

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

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Every so often a love story so captures our hearts that it becomes more than a story-it becomes an experience to remember forever. The Notebook is such a book.

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela's Ashes

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A Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestseller, Angela’s Ashes is Frank McCourt’s masterful memoir of his childhood in Ireland.“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all.

The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon

The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas Tree is the tale of a little girl named Anna, who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent.

Videogames

What videogames would you be playing back in the days?

Bogey Dead 6

Bogey Dead 6

Platform: PlayStation

Genre: Action, Simulation

Publisher: JP Asmik Ace Entertainment; NA SCEA; EU SCEE

Conquest of the New World

Conquest of the New World

Platform: MS-DOS, Mac OS

Genre: Turn-based strategy game

Publisher: Interplay Entertainment

Amok

Amok

Platform: Saturn, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows

Genre: Action

Publisher: NA Scavenger; JP Koei; EU Scavenger; BR Tec Toy

A-10 Cuba!

A-10 Cuba!

Platform: Windows, Mac

Genre: Flight simulator

Publisher: Activision

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure

Platform: Super Famicom

Genre: Platformer

Publisher: Hudson Soft


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