December 24: Day of the Week
December 24, 2018 is the 358th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 7 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Getsuyōbi.
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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)
- 1294Pope Boniface VIII is elected Pope, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
- 1929Assassination attempt on Argentine President Hipólito Yrigoyen.
- 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.
- 1974Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia.
- 2003The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid’s busy Chamartín Station.
- 2005Chad–Sudan relations: Chad declares a state of war against Sudan following a December 18 attack on Adré, which left about 100 people dead.
Who were born on December 24?
- 1879Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (d. 1941)
- 1944Daniel Johnson, Jr., Quebec politician, Premier of Quebec
- 1947Kevin Sheedy, coach of Australian Football League club Essendon FC
- 1954José María Figueres, Costa Rican politician
- 1969Mark Millar, Scottish comic book writer
- 1971Oro, Mexican professional wrestler (d. 1993)
- 1971Ricky Martin, Puerto Rican singer
- 1973Stephenie Meyer, American author
- 1985David Ragan, American race car driver
- 1987Jane Summersett, American ice dancer
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