80 Years Ago—Dec. 24, 1941: British Eighth Army takes Benghazi, Libya.
As Japanese advance on Luzon, Gen. Douglas MacArthur begins withdrawal of US and Filipino forces to the Bataan Peninsula.
White House tree-lighting ceremony is moved to south end of grounds to be easily seen, the last tree-lighting until 1945.
Free French naval forces under Adm. Émile Muselier seize Vichy-controlled Saint Pierre and Miquelon islands off Newfoundland, despite opposition from UK, Canada & US.