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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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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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)

  • 563
    The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes.
  • 1814
    The Treaty of Ghent is signed ending the War of 1812.
  • 1924
    Albania becomes a republic.
  • 1941
    World War II: Kuching is conquered by Japanese forces.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander.
  • 1955
    NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2008
    Lord’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?

  • 1879
    Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (d. 1941)
  • 1895
    Noel Streatfeild, English children’s writer (d. 1986)
  • 1938
    Bobby Henrich, American baseball player
  • 1952
    Christopher Buckley, American author and political commentator
  • 1959
    Anil Kapoor, Indian actor
  • 1961
    Jay Wright, American basketball coach
  • 1963
    Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst
  • 1968
    Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete
  • 1974
    Thure Lindhardt, Danish actor
  • 1986
    Riyo Mori, Japanese model

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