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Tuesday 24 December 2002, Christmas Eve

It was Tuesday, under the sign of Capricorn (see planets position on December 24, 2002). The US president was George W. Bush (Republican). In that special week of December people in US were listening to Lose Yourself by Eminem. In UK Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) by Cheeky Girls was in the top 5 hits. I Capture the Castle, directed by Tim Fywell, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2002 while The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching Panique au village. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Austin Powers Pinball or ESPN International Winter Sports 2002.
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What the sky looked like on 24 December 2002

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Which were the most popular movies released in the last months ?

I Capture the Castle

Directed by: Tim Fywell

Starring: Romola Garai, Rose Byrne, Bill Nighy, Sophie Stuckey

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Just Married

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Christian Kane, David Moscow

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Directed by: John Mackenzie

Starring: Michael Keaton, Michael Caine, Judith Godrèche, Rade Serbedzija

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Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai

Directed by: Anubhav Sinha

Starring: Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sakshi Shivanand, Farida Jalal, Navneet Nishan

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Kangaroo Jack

Directed by: David McNally

Starring: Anthony Anderson, Jerry O'Connell, Estella Warren, Christopher Walken

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TV Series

Which were the most popular TV series released in the last months ?

Panique au village

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Treasure Hunt

Directed by: John Paddy Carstairs

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Directed by: Joyce Bernal

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Fish Tales

Directed by: Alki David

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Mister Sterling

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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 24 December 2002 ?

  • 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.
Famous Birthdays:
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Famous Deaths:
  • Jake Thackray: English singer-songwriter guitarist and journalist (d. 2002).
  • Laci Peterson: American homicide victim, Laci Peterson vanished between December 23 and Christmas Eve morning, 2002.
  • Kjell Aukrust: Norwegian author poet and painter (d. 2002).
  • A number of US Muslim groups have initiated a class action lawsuit against the US Attorney General, John Ashcroft and the US immigration services over the arrest and detention of Muslim men.
  • Iran's state radio reported quoted a statement by airport officials, saying that pilot ampquotcarelessnessampquot caused a plane carrying Ukrainian and Russian aerospace scientists to crash in central Iran, killing all 46 people on board.
  • Sun Microsystems won a major antitrust victory against Microsoft when a federal judge ordered Microsoft to distribute Sun's Java programming language in its Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Which were the most popular books released in the last weeks ?

The Lovely Bones

By: Alice Sebold

When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn't happen.

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Hornet Flight

By: Ken Follett

Ken Follett follows his bestsellers Jackdaws and Code to Zero with an extraordinary novel of early days of World War II...It

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The Christmas Train

By: David Baldacci

Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool.

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By: Kurt Cobain

The lyrics notebook and personal journals of Kurt Cobain, iconic singer of the band Nirvana.Kurt Cobain filled dozens of notebooks with lyrics, drawings, and writings about his plans for Nirvana and

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What videogames would you be playing back in the days ?

Austin Powers Pinball

Platform: PlayStation, Windows

Genre: Strategy

Publisher: Gotham Games

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Break Nine: World Billiards Tournament

Break Nine: World Billiards Tournament

Platform: Xbox

Publisher: ASK

ESPN International Winter Sports 2002

Platform: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Xbox

Genre: Sports game

Publisher: Konami

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Demon Front

Platform: Arcade

Genre: Run and gun

Publisher: IGS

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An American Tail: Fievel's Gold Rush

Platform: Game Boy Advance

Genre: Platform

Publisher: Conspiracy Entertainment, Crave Entertainment

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Home videos

Which movies you probably rented those days on VHS/DVD to spend a great night?

My Favorite Year

Format: DVD release

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A Walk to Remember

Format: VHS and DVD release

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Hocus Pocus

Format: DVD release

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The Muppet Christmas Carol

Format: DVD release, Full screen format only

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Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf

Format: VHS and DVD release

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