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Saturday December 21, 2019

December 21: Day of the Week

December 21, 2019 is the 355th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.

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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 21: This Day in History

This is a frequent day for the winter solstice to occur in the northern hemisphere and summer solstice to occur in the southern hemisphere.

December 21 Historical Event(s)

  • 1598
    Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile.
  • 1620
    Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • 1844
    The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
  • 1872
    Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
  • 1907
    The Chilean Army commits a massacre of at least 2,000 striking saltpeter miners in in Iquique, Chile.
  • 1910
    An underground explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit in Over Hulton, Westhoughton, England, kills 344 miners.
  • 1913
    Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
  • 1962
    Rondane National Park is established as Norway’s first national park.
  • 1994
    Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash.
  • 1999
    The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.

Who were born on December 21?

  • 1603
    Roger Williams, English theologian and founder of the American colony Providence Plantations (d. 1684)
  • 1876
    Jack Lang, Australian politician (d. 1975)
  • 1909
    Seicho Matsumoto, Japanese mystery writer and journalist (d. 1992)
  • 1920
    Bob Bindig, American cartoonist (d. 2006)
  • 1942
    Hu Jintao, Chinese president
  • 1953
    Betty Wright, American singer
  • 1960
    Roger McDowell, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Indian politician
  • 1985
    James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • 1987
    Valerie Concepcion, Filipino actress

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