December 21: Day of the Week
December 21, 2020 is the 356th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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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 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)
- 1140Conrad III of Germany besieged Weinsberg.
- 1620Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1872Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
- 1883The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment.
- 1910An underground explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit in Over Hulton, Westhoughton, England, kills 344 miners.
- 1967Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days after the transplant.
- 1988A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.
- 1992A Dutch DC-10, flight Martinair MP 495, crashes at Faro Airport, killing 56 people.
- 1999The Spanish Civil Guard intercepts a van loaded with 950 kg of explosives that ETA intended to use to blow up Torre Picasso in Madrid.
- 2004Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
Who were born on December 21?
- 1778Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
- 1851Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician (d. 1929)
- 1892Walter Hagen, American golfer (d. 1969)
- 1914Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (d. 2010)
- 1922Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (d. 1989)
- 1926Arnošt Lustig, Czech author
- 1939Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian politician
- 1972Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
- 1973Mike Alstott, American football player
- 1981Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
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