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Thursday December 24, 2020

December 24: Day of the Week

December 24, 2020 is the 359th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 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.

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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 24 Historical Event(s)

  • 1294
    Pope Boniface VIII is elected Pope, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
  • 1826
    The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning.
  • 1865
    The Ku Klux Klan is formed.
  • 1941
    World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
  • 1942
    World War II: French monarchist, Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, assassinates Vichy French Admiral François Darlan in Algiers.
  • 1951
    Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
  • 1966
    A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
  • 1968
    Apollo Program: The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so. They performed 10 lunar orbits and broadcast live TV pictures that became the famous Christmas Eve Broadcast, one of the most watched programs in history.
  • 1979
    The first European Ariane rocket is launched.

Who were born on December 24?

  • 1698
    William Warburton, English Bishop of Gloucester (d. 1779)
  • 1822
    Matthew Arnold, British poet (d. 1888)
  • 1843
    Lydia Koidula, Estonian poet (d. 1886)
  • 1880
    Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, children’s book writer and creator of Raggedy Ann (d. 1939)
  • 1906
    Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
  • 1934
    Stjepan Mesić, president of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement and president of Croatia
  • 1955
    Clarence Gilyard, American actor
  • 1976
    Yuri, Korean singer
  • 1988
    Stefanos Athanasiadis, Greek footballer, striker at PAOK F.C.
  • 1995
    Anett Kontaveit, Estonian tennis player

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