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)
- 1620Plymouth Colony: William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- 1861Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
- 1879World première of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen.
- 1913Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
- 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.
- 1968Apollo program: Apollo 8 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, placing its crew on a lunar trajectory for the first visit to another celestial body by humans.
- 1973The Geneva Conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict opens.
- 1995The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
- 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.
Who were born on December 21?
- 1682Calico Jack Rackham, English pirate (d. 1720)
- 1795John Russell, English parson and dog breeder (d. 1883)
- 1851Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician (d. 1929)
- 1896Leroy Robertson, American composer (d. 1971)
- 1914Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (d. 2010)
- 1940Arvi Lind, Finnish news broadcaster
- 1940Ray Hildebrand, American singer (Paul & Paula)
- 1954Chris Evert, American tennis player
- 1969Julie Delpy, French actress
- 1978Mike Vitar, American actor
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