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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)

  • 755
    An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China.
  • 1707
    Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    World War I: German battleships under Franz von Hipper bombard the English ports of Hartlepool and Scarborough.
  • 1918
    Vincas Mickevičius-Kapsukas declares the formation of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  • 1937
    Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: Porajmos – Heinrich Himmler orders that Roma candidates for extermination be deported to Auschwitz.
  • 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?

  • 1882
    Zoltán Kodály, Hungarian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1888
    King Alexander I of Yugoslavia (d. 1934)
  • 1900
    V. S. Pritchett, English author and critic (d. 1997)
  • 1941
    Lesley Stahl, American journalist
  • 1941
    Robert Kerman, American actor
  • 1955
    Xander Berkeley, American actor
  • 1963
    Jeff Carson, American singer
  • 1977
    Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • 1981
    Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • 1985
    Keita Tachibana, Japanese singer (w-inds.)

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