Daily Archives: December 24, 2013

The Beatles interviewed for ‘Day by Day’ 50 years ago today (12/24/1963)


Video: 'Beatles Christmas Message at Astoria Dec 24, 1963' (Dec. 24, 1963, at 0:08)

(Tuesday, December 24, 1963) — The Beatles were interviewed today for Southern Television’s Day by Day at Astoria Cinema in London where the group’s “The Beatles Christmas Show,” a 16-night live extravaganza, opened this evening.

Eisenhower becomes Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 70 years ago today (12/24/1943)


Video: 'FDR Christmas Eve speech 1943 Final'

(Friday, December 24, 1943, Christmas Eve; during World War II) — President Franklin D. Roosevelt today appointed U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe as part of Operation Overlord, which would launch the invasion of German-occupied western Europe in the coming year. (click here for audio and transcript of Roosevelt’s address on this date). Continue reading Eisenhower becomes Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 70 years ago today (12/24/1943)

Christmas cake with ‘Peace 1944’ served in Anne Frank’s hiding place 70 years ago tonight (12/24/1943)


Video: 'MOVIE - Diary of Anne Frank - 1 1' (Dec. 24, 1943, at 1:51:59)

(Friday, December 24, 1943, evening; part of The Holocaust during World War II) — “Friday evening, for the first time in my life, I received a Christmas present,” Anne Frank, 14, would write about this evening in her famous diary on Dec. 27, 1943. “Mr. Kleiman, Mr. Kugler and the girls had prepared a wonderful surprise for us. Miep made a delicious Christmas cake with ‘Peace 1944’ written on top, and Bep provided a batch of cookies that was up to prewar standards.” Continue reading Christmas cake with ‘Peace 1944’ served in Anne Frank’s hiding place 70 years ago tonight (12/24/1943)