December 20: Day of the Week
December 20, 2020 is the 355th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 11 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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 20 Historical Event(s)
- 217The papacy of Zephyrinus ends. Callixtus I is elected as the sixteenth pope, but is opposed by the theologian Hippolytus who accuses him of laxity and of being a Modalist, one who denies any distinction between the three persons of the Trinity.
- 1192Richard the Lion-Heart is captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the Third crusade.
- 1522Siege of Rhodes: Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
- 1803The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
- 1924Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison
- 1941World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers” in Kunming, China.
- 1946The popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York City.
- 1984The Summit tunnel fire is the largest underground fire in history, as a freight train carrying over 1 million litres of petrol derails near the town of Todmorden in the Pennines.
- 1989United States invasion of Panama: The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega. This is also the first combat use of purpose-designed stealth aircraft.
- 1995NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia.
Who were born on December 20?
- 1537King John III of Sweden (d. 1592)
- 1579(baptized) John Fletcher, English playwright (d. 1625)
- 1904Spud Davis, baseball player (d. 1984)
- 1918Audrey Totter, American actress
- 1926Otto Graf Lambsdorff, German politician
- 1946Lloyd Mumphord, NFL football player
- 1949Oscar Gamble, American baseball player
- 1949Soumaïla Cissé, Malian politician
- 1971Roger J. Beaujard, American musician
- 1978Tony Moore, American comic book artist
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