Today in World War II History

70 Years Ago—December 24, 1939: On Christmas Eve, Pope Pius XII appeals for peace.
65 Years Ago—December 24, 1944: In the largest mission to date, 2034 bombers of the U.S. Eighth Air Force and 500 from the RAF bomb German targets in the Ardennes. The San Francisco Ballet performs the first full-length performance of The Nutcracker ever in the U.S.