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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)

  • 1140
    Conrad III of Germany besieged Weinsberg.
  • 1844
    The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
  • 1861
    Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1872
    Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
  • 1879
    World première of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
  • 1941
    World War II: A formal treaty of alliance between Thailand and Japan is signed in the presence of the Emerald Buddha in Wat Phra Kaew.
  • 1946
    An 8.1 Mw earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Nankaidō, Japan, kill over 1,300 people and destroy over 38,000 homes.
  • 1988
    A bomb explodes on board Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, killing 270.
  • 1995
    The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
  • 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?

  • 1401
    Tommaso Masaccio, Italian painter (d. 1428)
  • 1924
    Rita Reys, Dutch jazzsinger
  • 1940
    Frank Zappa, American musician (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    André Arthur. Canadian radio host
  • 1967
    Fritz Karl, Austrian actor
  • 1972
    Claudia Poll, Costa Rican swimmer
  • 1972
    Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • 1975
    Paloma Herrera, Argentine ballet dancer
  • 1985
    Tom Sturridge, British actor
  • 1989
    Tamannaah, Indian actress

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