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Friday December 31, 2021

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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kin'yōbi.

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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)

  • 535
    Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.
  • 1229
    James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
  • 1600
    The British East India Company is chartered.
  • 1695
    A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.
  • 1906
    Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.
  • 1946
    President Harry S. Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
  • 1963
    The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
  • 1994
    The first Chechen war: Russian army began a New Year’s storm of Grozny
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The 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?

  • 1884
    Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1904
    Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer and actress (d. 1975)
  • 1934
    Noel Tyl, American astrologer
  • 1943
    Sir Ben Kingsley, English actor
  • 1948
    René Robert, National Hockey League player
  • 1959
    Phill Kline, American politician
  • 1973
    Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
  • 1976
    Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian, member of The Chaser
  • 1979
    Elaine Cassidy, Irish actress
  • 1982
    Bryce Avary, The Rocket Summer, American musician

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