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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is martes.
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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)
- 535Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.
- 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: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
- 1907The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 1909Manhattan Bridge opens.
- 1944World War II: Hungary declares war on Nazi Germany.
- 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.
- 1983The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
- 2004The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 m.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1878Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan-Argentinian writer (d. 1937)
- 1903Nathan Milstein, Ukrainian violinist (d. 1992)
- 1929Mies Bouwman, Dutch television personality
- 1941Sean S. Cunningham, American film director
- 1945Barbara Carrera, Nicaraguan actress and model
- 1945Diane von Fürstenberg, Belgian-born fashion designer
- 1959Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (d. 1981)
- 1977Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer
- 1980Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player
- 1990Patrick Chan, Canadian figure skater
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