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Movie events on the 24th December

1745

Benjamin Rush is born. (Byberry Township, Pennsylvania) (Independence)

1771

Barbara Ann Spooner, future wife of William Wilberforce, born. (England) (Amazing Grace)

1809

Kit Carson is born. (Richmond, Kentucky) (Kit Carson)

1836

Jacob Marley dies. (London) (A Christmas Carol)

1843

Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by several ghosts in order to change his ways. (A Christmas Carol)

1873

Navy Lt. Richard L. Perry, future secret undercover cop for President William McKinley, is born. (This is My Affair)

1905

Howard Hughes is born. (Houston, Texas) (The Aviator)

1913

Filmmaker Leo Harrigan, having just discovered that Atlantic Pictures' studio boss H.H. Cobb has been recutting his romantic adventure two-reelers into slapstick nonsense, confronts Cobb at his lavish Christmas party, demanding a contract and more money. Cobb calmly fires Harrigan and his crew. (Los Angeles, California) (Nickelodeon)

Filmmaker Leo Harrigan makes his first trip to Los Angeles accompanied by his team of actors and crew. Dressed in evening attire, they take in a matinee and discover that their boss, Atlantic Pictures studio head H.H. Cobb, stole brief snippets from various Harrigan films, including "Rattlesnakes and Gunpowder", "Romeo's Balloon", "Pasha's Passion", "Caves and Clubs" and "Gunman's Guilt" and recut them into an incomprehensible mess called "Tuttle's Muddle." Angered by Cobb's betrayal, Harrigan steals the projectionist's copy of the film. Outside the theater, the film audience recognize Harrigan's actors Buck Greenway and Kathleen Cooke and proceed to tear pieces of their clothing for souveniers until they're down to their undergarments. (Los Angeles, California) (Nickelodeon)

1914

A temporary and local ceasefire is negotiated when German private Nikolaus Sprink sings "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" (Silent Night) from a German trench to the accompaniment of bagpipes from a Scottish trench. Soon French, German and Scottish soldiers meet in No Man's Land to share wine and Christmas cheer. (Somewhere on the Western Front, France) (Joyeux NoŽl)

1922

Ava Gardner is born. (Smithfield, North Carolina) (The Aviator)

1924

Temperature drops 84 degrees in 12 hours. (Fairfield, Montana) (Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman)

1944

Captain Bob Wallace and Private Phil Davis perform for the 151st Division. Learning that their beloved commanding officer, Major General Thomas F. Waverly, is being relieved of command, they give him a rousing send-off in song. (somewhere in Europe) (White Christmas)

1945

George Bailey decides to live again. (Bedford Falls, New York) (It's a Wonderful Life)

1952

Members of the LAPD get into a brawl with a gang of Mexicans that assaulted two officers and the incident is caught by the press and labeled "Bloody Christmas". (Los Angeles, California) (LA Confidential)

1955

A young Frank Cross is given veal by his father as a Christmas present. (Scrooged)

1964

Jack Starks born. (The Jacket)

1967

Hong Kong Riots of the year, segues to life of writer Chow Mo-Wan. (Hong Kong) (2046)

1968

Frank Cross meets Claire Phillips for the first time. (Scrooged)

1969

Carl Hanratty comes to Marseilles to begin extradition of Frank Abangale Jr. (Marseilles, France) (Catch Me If You Can)

1970

Billy Edward Lenz has his first Christmas. His mother hates him and crushes an ornament to pieces by him. (Black Christmas)

1971

Frank Cross dumps Claire Phillips to pursue his career. (Scrooged)

1975

Mrs. Lenz kills her husband. She and her new boyfriend bury him in an underground crawlspace under the house. Billy, having witnessed this, is locked in the attic. (Black Christmas)

1982

Billy is raped by his mother when her lover is impotent. (Black Christmas)

1984

Richard Chance finds the building that Rick Masters and his men abandoned after counterfeiting. He also discovers Jimmy Hart's body in the dumpster. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

The day that Jimmy Hart would have retired from the U.S. Secret Service. (Los Angeles, California) (To Live and Die in LA)

1985

Future freedom fighter Evey born. (V for Vendetta)

1988

Det John McClane battles international terrorist Hans Gruber in the Nakatomi Tower. (Los Angeles) (Die Hard)

Agents are killed in a car accident. (Salt)

Evelyn Salt's parents are killed in a car accident. (Salt)

Frank Cross is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas. (Scrooged)

1989

Mark begins his film. (Los Angeles) (Rent)

1990

John McLane foils a terrorist attack at Dulles International Airport. (Washington, DC) (Die Hard 2)

Kevin McAllister stops two burglers from robbing his house by setting up loads of traps around his home. (Chicago) (Home Alone)

Mimi nearly dies. (Los Angeles) (Rent)

1991

Billy disfigures Agnes and kills his mother and her new husband. He makes cookies out of his mother's flesh. (Black Christmas)

1993

The dogs unite the family on Christmas Eve. (New York, New York) (Look Who's Talking Now)

1995

Christmas party at the White House. (The White House, Washington D.C.) (The American President)

Andy receives a puppy named Buster. His baby sister Molly receives a Mrs. Potato Head. (Toy Story)

2000

Rogue CIA agent Charli Baltimore & PI Mitch Hennessey stop a bomb from exploding in Niagra Falls, saving the lives of thousands. (US / Canadian Border) (The Long Kiss Goodnight)

2004

Chris, Jamie, Dusty and Chris's mum see The Notebook in the cinema. (New Jersey) (Just Friends)

2006

Billy Lenz escapes the mental asylum and kills former Delta Alpha Kappa sorority girls with the help of Agnes. (Black Christmas)

Teacher Sheba Hart reveals to her colleague Barbara Covett that she has been having an affair with a 15 year-old pupil. (Islington, London) (Notes on a Scandal)

2007

Jack Starks meets a grown-up Jackie, who tells him he's meant to be dead. (The Jacket)

Jasper burns John's book and jokes about his mom being pregnant. (Nebraska) (Mr. Woodcock)

2008

Kenny eats alone in a Chinese restaurant. (Duluth, Minnesota) (The Big Year)

Bad fog grounds all flights in the San Francisco area, meaning Kate and Brad don't get to fly to Fiji for Christmas. A local news crew captures this moment, and Kate and Brad head home to their families. (San Francisco) (Four Christmases)

Dale and Brennan roll Dr. Doback down the stairs as they sleepwalk. (Sacramento, CA) (Step Brothers)

2010

The Byrnes' and the Fockers spend Christmas Eve with each other. (Little Fockers)

2011

A minute before Santa Claus and his elves appear. (Aarhus, Eastern Denmark) (Arthur Christmas)

Kumar finds out that he will be a father and destroys the tree of Harold's father-in-law. They search for a new one and get help from Neil Patrick Harris. (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas)

2012

Tony Stark discovers that the Mandarin that has been broadcasted on TV is just an actor named Trevor Slattery. Colonel James Rhodes saves President Ellis. Pepper Potts, having gone through the Extremis experiment, uses her powers to kill Aldrich Killian. Stark blows up his suits. (Miami, Florida) (Iron Man 3)

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