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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.
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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)
- 1777Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook.
- 1851Library of Congress burns.
- 1906Radio: Reginald Fessenden transmits the first radio broadcast; consisting of a poetry reading, a violin solo, and a speech.
- 1911Lackawanna Cut-Off railway line opens in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
- 1913The Italian Hall Disaster (“1913 Massacre”) in Calumet, Michigan, results in the death of 73 Christmas party goers held by striking mine workers, including 59 children.
- 1974Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
- 1997The Sid El-Antri massacre (or Sidi Lamri) in Algeria kills 50-100 people.
- 2000The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is murdered during the robbery.
- 2005Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
- 2008Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group, begins a series of attacks on Democratic Republic of the Congo, massacring more than 400.
Who were born on December 24?
- 1166King John of England (d. 1216)
- 1893Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (Chattanooga Choo Choo – I Only Have Eyes for You) (d. 1981)
- 1903Ava Helen Pauling, American human rights activist (d. 1981)
- 1906Franz Waxman, German film composer (d. 1967)
- 1910Fritz Leiber, American writer (d. 1992)
- 1927Mary Higgins Clark, American author
- 1937Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player
- 1950Dana Gioia, American poet
- 1991Wasim Tareen, Pakistani footballer
- 1995Anett Kontaveit, Estonian tennis player
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