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Friday December 21, 2018

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.

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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

December 2018
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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.
  • 1872
    Challenger expedition: HMS Challenger, commanded by Captain George Nares, sails from Portsmouth.
  • 1913
    Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross”, the first crossword puzzle, is published in the New York World.
  • 1937
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the world’s first full-length animated feature, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theater.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    Louis Washkansky, the first man to undergo a heart transplant, dies in Cape Town, South Africa, after living for 18 days after the transplant.
  • 1968
    Apollo 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.
  • 1973
    The Geneva Conference on the Arab-Israeli conflict opens.
  • 1995
    The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.

Who were born on December 21?

  • 1905
    Anthony Powell, British author (d. 2000)
  • 1914
    Frank Fenner, Australian microbiologist (d. 2010)
  • 1944
    Bill Atkinson, English footballer
  • 1950
    Lillebjørn Nilsen, Norwegian singer-songwriter
  • 1965
    Stuart Mitchell, Scottish Composer
  • 1972
    Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Indian politician
  • 1974
    Karrie Webb, Australian golfer
  • 1977
    Toby Rand, Australian singer (Juke Kartel)
  • 1985
    James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • 1989
    Mark Ingram, Jr., American football player

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