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Wednesday December 16, 2020

December 16: Day of the Week

December 16, 2020 is the 351st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 15 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.

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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)

  • 1761
    Seven Years’ War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
  • 1838
    Battle of Blood River: Voortrekkers led by Andries Pretorius and Sarel Cilliers defeat Zulu impis, led by Dambuza (Nzobo) and Ndlela kaSompisi in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • 1850
    History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Franklin-Nashville Campaign – Battle of Nashville – Major General George H. Thomas’s Union forces defeat Lieutenant General John Bell Hood’s Confederate Army of Tennessee.
  • 1914
    World War I: German battleships under Franz von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: Porajmos – Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
  • 1946
    Thailand joins the United Nations.
  • 1965
    Vietnam War: General William Westmoreland sends U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara a request for 243,000 more men by the end of 1966.
  • 1972
    Vijay Diwas: (Victory Day) is commemorated every 16 December in India as it marks its military victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • 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?

  • 1866
    Wassily Kandinsky, Russian-born French abstract painter (d. 1944)
  • 1905
    Piet Hein, Danish mathematician and inventor (d. 1996)
  • 1952
    Joel Garner, Barbadian cricketer
  • 1955
    Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este
  • 1961
    Sam Robards, American actor
  • 1962
    William Perry, American football player
  • 1967
    Miranda Otto, Australian actress
  • 1982
    Justin Mentell, American artist and actor (d. 2010)
  • 1984
    Theo James, American actor
  • 1986
    Candice Crawford, American beauty queen and sports reporter

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