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Friday December 24, 2021

December 24: Day of the Week

December 24, 2021 is the 358th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Friday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 1906
    Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
  • 1911
    Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
  • 1914
    World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.
  • 1929
    Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
  • 1939
    World War II: Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.
  • 1941
    World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
  • 1951
    Libya becomes independent from Italy. Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.
  • 1953
    Tangiwai 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.
  • 2000
    The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.
  • 2003
    The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.

Who were born on December 24?

  • 1389
    John VI, Duke of Brittany (d. 1442)
  • 1635
    Mariana of Austria, second wife of king Philip IV of Spain (d. 1696)
  • 1822
    Matthew Arnold, British poet (d. 1888)
  • 1837
    Elisabeth of Bavaria, also known as Sissi, Empress of Austria (d. 1898)
  • 1894
    Georges Guynemer, French aviator (d. 1917)
  • 1923
    George Patton IV, American general (d. 2004)
  • 1945
    Lemmy, British singer, bassist (Motörhead)
  • 1950
    Dana Gioia, American poet
  • 1963
    Mary Ramsey, American singer (10,000 Maniacs)
  • 1981
    Dima Bilan, Russian pop artist

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