December 21: Day of the Week
December 21, 2021 is the 355th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 10 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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.
- 1910An underground explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit in Over Hulton, Westhoughton, England, kills 344 miners.
- 1919American anarchist Emma Goldman is deported to Russia.
- 1946An 8.1 Mw earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Nankaidō, Japan, kill over 1,300 people and destroy over 38,000 homes.
- 1962Rondane National Park is established as Norway’s first national park.
- 1969The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
- 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.
- 1992A Dutch DC-10, flight Martinair MP 495, crashes at Faro Airport, killing 56 people.
- 2004Iraq War: A suicide bomber killed 22 at the forward operating base next to the main U.S. military airfield at Mosul, the single deadliest suicide attack on American soldiers.
Who were born on December 21?
- 1876Jack Lang, Australian politician (d. 1975)
- 1926Joe Paterno, American football coach
- 1935Yusuf Bey, American activist (d. 2003)
- 1943Albert Lee, English guitarist
- 1949Nikolaos Sifounakis, Greek politician
- 1953Betty Wright, American singer
- 1961Francis Ng, Hong Kong actor
- 1973Irakli Alasania, Georgian politician and diplomat
- 1976Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
- 1982Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
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