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Wednesday December 23, 2020

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.

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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)

  • 962
    Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo
  • 1793
    The Battle of Savenay, decisive defeat of the royalist counter-revolutionaries in Revolt in the Vendée during the French Revolution.
  • 1893
    The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed.
  • 1919
    Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 becomes law in the UK.
  • 1938
    Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa.
  • 1940
    World War II: Greek submarine Papanikolis (Υ-2) sinks the Italian motor ship Antonietta.
  • 1941
    World War II: After 15 days of fighting, the Japanese Imperial Army occupies Wake Island.
  • 1948
    Seven Japanese convicted of war crimes by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East are executed at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo.
  • 2002
    A 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.
  • 2003
    PetroChina Chuandongbei natural gas field explosion, Guoqiao, Kai County, Chongqing, China, killing at least 234.

Who were born on December 23?

  • 1867
    Madam C.J. Walker, American philanthropist and tycoon (d. 1919)
  • 1878
    Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (d. 1972)
  • 1896
    Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sicilian writer (d. 1957)
  • 1911
    Niels Kaj Jerne, English-born immunologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1994)
  • 1918
    Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1933
    Akihito, Emperor of Japan
  • 1953
    Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia
  • 1970
    Holly Samos, British radio presenter
  • 1977
    Alge Crumpler, American football player
  • 1981
    Mario Santana, Argentine footballer

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