December 21: Day of the Week
December 21, 2018 is the 355th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.
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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)
- 1620Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1826American settlers in Nacogdoches, Mexican Texas, declare their independence, starting the Fredonian Rebellion.
- 1861Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
- 1937Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.
- 1941World War II: A formal treaty of alliance between Thailand and Japan is signed in the presence of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew.
- 1967Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days after the transplant.
- 1973The Geneva Conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict opens.
- 1979Lancaster House Agreement: An independence agreement for Rhodesia is signed in London by Lord Carrington, Sir Ian Gilmour, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Bishop Abel Muzorewa and S.C. Mundawarara.
- 1988A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.
- 1994Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash.
Who were born on December 21?
- 1840Namık Kemal, Turkish nationalist poet (d. 1888)
- 1878Jan Łukasiewicz, Polish philosopher and mathematician (d. 1956)
- 1921John Severin, American comics artist
- 1924Rita Reys, Dutch jazzsinger
- 1926Joe Paterno, American football coach
- 1949Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
- 1955Kazuyuki Sekiguchi, Japanese musician
- 1967Ervin Johnson, American basketball player
- 1976Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
- 1982Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
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