December 31: Day of the Week
December 31, 2019 is the 365th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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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)
- 1229James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian reconquest of the island of Majorca.
- 1687The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.
- 1857Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
- 1862American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- 1923The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
- 1955The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
- 1963The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
- 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.
- 1992Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- 1994This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC-10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1815George Meade, American Civil War general (d. 1872)
- 1830Isma'il Pasha, Governor of Egypt (d. 1895)
- 1860Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (d. 1937)
- 1902Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer (d. 1982)
- 1945Barbara Carrera, Nicaraguan actress and model
- 1961Nina Li Chi, Chinese actress
- 1971Esteban Loaiza, Mexican Major League Baseball player
- 1973Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
- 1975Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer
- 1980Matthew Capiccioni, American professional wrestler
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