December 23: Day of the Week
December 23, 2021 is the 357th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Thursday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.
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Here’s the December calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Capricorn 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 23 Historical Event(s)
- 1823A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, is published anonymously.
- 1916World War I: Battle of Magdhaba – Allied forces defeat Turkish forces in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.
- 1919Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK.
- 1970The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.
- 1972A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000.
- 1972The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
- 1979Soviet war in Afghanistan: Soviet forces occupy Kabul, the Afghan capital.
- 1990History of Slovenia: In a referendum, 88.5% of Slovenia’s overall electorate vote for independence from Yugoslavia.
- 2002A MQ-1 Predator is shot down by an Iraqi MiG-25, making it the first time in history that an aircraft and an unmanned drone had engaged in combat.
- 2003PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.
Who were born on December 23?
- 1597Martin Opitz von Boberfeld, German poet (d. 1639)
- 1907Avraham Stern, Polish-born Zionist leader (d. 1942)
- 1929Chet Baker, American jazz trumpet player (d. 1988)
- 1948Jim Ferguson, American guitarist, composer, educator, author, and music journalist
- 1950Vicente del Bosque, Spanish football manager
- 1956Dave Murray, English musician (Iron Maiden)
- 1961Carol Smillie, British television personality
- 1971Corey Haim, Canadian actor (d. 2010)
- 1979Holly Madison, American model
- 1986Beau Champion, Australian Rugby League Player
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