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.
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)
- 1687The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.
- 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
- 1857Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
- 1909Manhattan Bridge opens.
- 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.
- 1983The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
- 1991All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
- 1992Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- 1999Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.
- 1999The 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?
- 695Muhammad bin Qasim, Syrian general (d. 715)
- 1823Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (d. 1849)
- 1930Odetta, American singer (d. 2008)
- 1937Barry Hughes, Welsh professional football player and manager and entertainer
- 1941Sarah Miles, English actress
- 1947Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboardist (The Guess Who)
- 1949Seub Nakhasathien, Thai conservationist (d. 1990)
- 1956Steve Rude, American comics artist
- 1970Danny McNamara, Lead singer of English band Embrace
- 1980Richie McCaw, New Zealand rugby player
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