December 23: Day of the Week
December 23, 2020 is the 358th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 8 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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)
- 962Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo
- 1793The Battle of Savenay, decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in Revolt in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
- 1893The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
- 1919Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK.
- 1938Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
- 1940World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
- 1941World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
- 1948Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
- 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?
- 1867Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon (d. 1919)
- 1878Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
- 1896Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (d. 1957)
- 1911Niels Kaj Jerne, English-born immunologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1994)
- 1918Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany
- 1933Akihito, Emperor of Japan
- 1953Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
- 1970Holly Samos, British radio presenter
- 1977Alge Crumpler, American football player
- 1981Mario Santana, Argentine footballer
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