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)
- 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.
- 1759Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.
- 1879Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
- 1907The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 1951The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
- 1960The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- 1961RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
- 1965Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic army, and his military officers begins a coup d'état against the government of President David Dacko.
- 1981A coup d'état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann’s PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
- 1998The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1877Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author (d. 1967)
- 1880George C. Marshall, United States Secretary of State, Nobel Laureate (d. 1959)
- 1901Nikos Ploumpidis, Greek resistance fighter (d. 1954)
- 1943Pete Quaife, English bassist (The Kinks) (d. 2010)
- 1944Neil Ross, British-American voice actor
- 1948Donna Summer, American singer
- 1953Michael Hedges, American composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist (d. 1997)
- 1958Bebe Neuwirth, American actress
- 1961Rick Aguilera, American baseball player
- 1965Gong Li, Chinese actress
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