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)
- 406Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.
- 1225The Ly Dynasty of Vietnam ends after 216 years by the enthronement of the boy emperor Tran Thai Tong, husband of the last Ly monarch, Ly Chieu Hoang, starting the Tran Dynasty.
- 1775American Revolutionary War: Battle of Quebec: British forces repulse an attack by Continental Army General Richard Montgomery.
- 1907The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 1955The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
- 1986A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
- 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.
- 1999The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama. This act complied with the signing of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1720Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne (d. 1788)
- 1830Isma'il Pasha, Governor of Egypt (d. 1895)
- 1851Henry Carter Adams, American economist (d. 1921)
- 1857King Kelly, American baseball player (d. 1894)
- 1926Billy Snedden, Australian politician (d. 1987)
- 1937Sir Anthony Hopkins, Welsh actor
- 1962Don Diamont, American actor
- 1970Carlos Morales Quintana, husband of Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark
- 1975Rob Penders, Dutch footballer
- 1984Paul Rodriguez Jr., Professional skateboarder
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