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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 Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is jueves.

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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.
  • 1225
    The 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.
  • 1790
    Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.
  • 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.
  • 1965
    Jean-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.
  • 1998
    The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
  • 1999
    Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.
  • 1999
    Five hijackers, who had been holding 155 hostages on an Indian Airlines plane, leave the plane with two Islamic clerics that they had demanded be freed.
  • 1999
    The 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?

  • 1884
    Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1901
    Julia Bathory, Hungarian glass designer(d. 2000)
  • 1947
    Tim Matheson, American actor
  • 1960
    John Allen Muhammad, American spree killer (d. 2009)
  • 1963
    Konishiki, American sumo wrestler
  • 1965
    Gong Li, Chinese actress
  • 1971
    Esteban Loaiza, Mexican Major League Baseball player
  • 1973
    Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
  • 1978
    Elizabeth Arden, Canadian businesswomen
  • 1980
    Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player

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