December 31: Day of the Week
December 31, 2021 is the 365th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Friday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.
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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.
- 1790Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.
- 1853A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London, England, United Kingdom
- 1862American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- 1983In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
- 1986A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
- 1991All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
- 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.
- 1998The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
- 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?
- 1830Alexander Smith, Scottish poet (d. 1867)
- 1912Maj-Gen John Frost, British para commander (d. 1993)
- 1938Rosalind Cash, American actress (d. 1995)
- 1944Neil Ross, British-American voice actor
- 1945Barbara Carrera, Nicaraguan actress and model
- 1945Connie Willis, American writer
- 1945Diane von Fürstenberg, Belgian-born fashion designer
- 1949Ellen Datlow, American editor
- 1975Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer
- 1980Jesse Carlson, American baseball player
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