December 31: Day of the Week
December 31, 2019 is the 365th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. 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 31: This Day in History
It is widely known as New Year’s Eve since the following day is New Year’s Day. It is the last day of the year.
December 31 Historical Event(s)
- 1229James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
- 1660James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
- 1857Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
- 1879Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
- 1960The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- 1983In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
- 1992Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- 1994The first Chechen war: Russian army began a New Year’s storm of Grozny
- 1994This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC-10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.
- 1999Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines plane, leave the plane with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1741Isabella Maria of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor (d. 1763)
- 1882Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)
- 1902Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer (d. 1982)
- 1908Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor (d. 2005)
- 1920Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
- 1949Ellen Datlow, American editor
- 1965Gong Li, Chinese actress
- 1971Brent Barry, American basketball player
- 1980Matthew Capiccioni, American professional wrestler
- 1983Mariana Renata, French-Indonesian Actress
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