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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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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.
- 1600The British East India Company is chartered.
- 1687The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.
- 1790Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.
- 1831Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
- 1906Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.
- 1909Manhattan Bridge opens.
- 1923The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
- 1951The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
- 1991All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1830Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (d. 1867)
- 1885Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1970)
- 1909Jonah Jones, American jazz trumpeter (d. 2000)
- 1931Bob Shaw, Irish writer (d. 1996)
- 1940Mani Neumeier, German musician (Guru Guru)
- 1944Neil Ross, British-American voice actor
- 1946Pius Ncube, Zimbabwean human rights advocate
- 1959Baron Waqa, Nauruan politician and musician
- 1959Paul Westerberg, American musician (The Replacements)
- 1987Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast
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