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Thursday December 31, 2020

December 31: Day of the Week

December 31, 2020 is the 366th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. 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 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)

  • 406
    Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.
  • 1229
    James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
  • 1831
    Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
  • 1857
    Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
  • 1955
    The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
  • 1960
    The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
  • 1963
    The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
  • 1986
    A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
  • 1999
    Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.

Who were born on December 31?

  • 1378
    Pope Callixtus III (d. 1458)
  • 1720
    Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne (d. 1788)
  • 1931
    Bob Shaw, Irish writer (d. 1996)
  • 1947
    Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboardist (The Guess Who)
  • 1965
    Gong Li, Chinese actress
  • 1973
    Crystal Knight, American pornographic actress and model
  • 1974
    Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1982
    Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer
  • 1985
    Jan Smit, Dutch singer
  • 1986
    Bronson Pelletier, Canadian actor

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