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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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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)
- 69The Roman Senate declares Vespasian as Roman emperor, the last in the Year of Four Emperors.
- 1598Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile.
- 1826American settlers in Nacogdoches, Mexican Texas, declare their independence, starting the Fredonian Rebellion.
- 1832Egyptian–Ottoman War: Egyptian forces decisively defeat Ottoman troops at the Battle of Konya.
- 1861Medal of Honor: Public Resolution 82, containing a provision for a Navy Medal of Valor, is signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1994Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash.
Who were born on December 21?
- 1795John Russell, English parson and dog breeder (d. 1883)
- 1843Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet (d. 1898)
- 1866Maud Gonne, Irish activist (d. 1953)
- 1873Blagoje Bersa, Croatian composer (d. 1934)
- 1889Sewall Wright, American biologist (d. 1988)
- 1911Josh Gibson, American baseball player (d. 1947)
- 1921John Severin, American comics artist
- 1973Irakli Alasania, Georgian politician and diplomat
- 1981Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer
- 1982Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
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