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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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.

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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)

  • 1653
    English Interregnum: The Protectorate – Oliver Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1689
    Convention Parliament: The Declaration of Right is embodied in the Bill of Rights.
  • 1761
    Seven Years’ War: After a four-month siege, the Russians under Pyotr Rumyantsev take the Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg.
  • 1850
    History of New Zealand: The Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: Porajmos – Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
  • 1946
    Thailand joins the United Nations.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Henry Kissinger announces that North Vietnam has left private peace negotiations, in Paris.
  • 1978
    Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks.
  • 1998
    Iraq disarmament crisis: Operation Desert Fox – The United States and United Kingdom bomb targets in Iraq.
  • 2003
    President George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law. The law establishes the United States’ first national standards for the sending of commercial e-mail and requires the Federal Trade Commission to enforce its provisions.

Who were born on December 16?

  • 1775
    Jane Austen, English writer (d. 1817)
  • 1778
    John Ordronaux, privateer of the War of 1812 (d. 1841)
  • 1882
    Walther Meissner, German physicist (d. 1974)
  • 1946
    Terence Knox, American actor
  • 1962
    William Perry, American football player
  • 1971
    Michael McCary, American singer (Boyz II Men)
  • 1971
    Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • 1972
    Željko Kalac, Australian footballer
  • 1983
    Kelenna Azubuike, American basketball player
  • 1988
    Anna Popplewell, English actress

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