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Monday December 21, 2020

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.

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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.
  • 1598
    Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    A Dutch DC-10, flight Martinair MP 495, crashes at Faro Airport, killing 56 people.
  • 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?

  • 1851
    Thomas Chipman McRae, American politician (d. 1929)
  • 1885
    Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • 1920
    Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina
  • 1922
    Itubwa Amram, Nauruan pastor and politician (d. 1989)
  • 1946
    Christopher Keene, American conductor (d. 1995)
  • 1951
    Nick Gilder, English musician (Sweeney Todd)
  • 1971
    Matthieu Chedid, French musician
  • 1972
    Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • 1987
    Brad Howard, Australian footballer
  • 1989
    Tamannaah, Indian actress

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