December 24: Day of the Week
December 24, 2019 is the 358th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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 24 Historical Event(s)
- 1818The first performance of “Silent Night” takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
- 1929Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
- 1941World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
- 1943World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.
- 1953Tangiwai disaster: A railway bridge is destroyed by a lahar at Tangiwai, in the Central North Island of New Zealand, sending a fully loaded passenger train into the Whangaehu River, and killing 153 people.
- 1955NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.
- 1964Vietnam War: Viet Cong operatives bomb the Brinks Hotel in Saigon to demonstrate they can strike an American installation in the heavily guarded capital.
- 1966A Canadair CL-44 chartered by the United States military crashes into a small village in South Vietnam, killing 129.
- 1973District of Columbia Home Rule Act is passed, allowing residents of Washington, D.C. to elect their own local government.
- 1997The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
Who were born on December 24?
- 1588Constance of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1631)
- 1822Matthew Arnold, British poet (d. 1888)
- 1837Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sissi, Empress of Austria (d. 1898)
- 1868Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (d. 1941)
- 1886Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born director (d. 1962)
- 1893Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (Chattanooga Choo Choo – I Only Have Eyes for You) (d. 1981)
- 1924Lee Dorsey, American singer (d.1986)
- 1961Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan
- 1985Alexey Dmitriev, German ice hockey player
- 1992Melissa Suffield, English actress
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