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Thursday December 16, 2021

December 16: Day of the Week

December 16, 2021 is the 350th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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December 16 Historical Event(s)

  • 1497
    Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope, the point where Bartolomeu Dias had previously turned back to Portugal.
  • 1918
    Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • 1920
    The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000.
  • 1922
    President of Poland Gabriel Narutowicz is assassinated by Eligiusz Niewiadomski at the Zachęta Gallery in Warsaw.
  • 1941
    World War II: Japanese forces occupy Miri, Sarawak
  • 1944
    World War II: The Battle of the Bulge begins with the surprise offensive of three German armies through the Ardennes forest.
  • 1946
    Thailand joins the United Nations.
  • 1947
    William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor.
  • 1960
    1960 New York air disaster: While approaching New York’s Idlewild Airport, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8 collides with a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation in a blinding snowstorm over Staten Island, killing 134.
  • 1989
    Walter LeRoy Moody begins his terrorist bombing streak when he sends Judge Robert Smith Vance a bomb in the mail, instantly killing him near his house in Birmingham, Alabama.

Who were born on December 16?

  • 1714
    George Whitefield, English-born Methodist leader (d. 1770)
  • 1883
    Károly Kós, Hungarian architect, writer and politician from Transylvania (d. 1977)
  • 1923
    Menahem Pressler, German-Israeli pianist.
  • 1952
    Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • 1961
    Sam Robards, American actor
  • 1967
    Donovan Bailey, Jamaican/Canadian sprinter,
  • 1967
    Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • 1978
    Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1979
    Jessie Ward, American professional wrestler
  • 1986
    Candice Crawford, American beauty queen and sports reporter

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