December 31: Day of the Week
December 31, 2022 is the 365th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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.
- 1229James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
- 1695A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.
- 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.
- 1951The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
- 1955The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
- 1961RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
- 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.
- 1983In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1864Robert Grant Aitken, American astronomer (d. 1951)
- 1880George C. Marshall, United States Secretary of State, Nobel Laureate (d. 1959)
- 1934Noel Tyl, American astrologer
- 1943Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor
- 1948Joe Dallesandro American actor
- 1962Tyrone Corbin, American basketball player
- 1968Luciano Szafir, Brazilian actor
- 1970Bryon Russell, American basketball player
- 1978Papoose, American rapper
- 1987Danny Holla, Dutch footballer
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