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 French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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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.
- 1831Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
- 1857Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
- 1862American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
- 1955The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
- 1960The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- 1963The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
- 1986A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
- 1999Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigns as President of Russia, leaving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as the acting President.
Who were born on December 31?
- 1378Pope Callixtus III (d. 1458)
- 1720Charles Edward Stuart, pretender to the British throne (d. 1788)
- 1931Bob Shaw, Irish writer (d. 1996)
- 1947Burton Cummings, Canadian keyboardist (The Guess Who)
- 1965Gong Li, Chinese actress
- 1973Crystal Knight, American pornographic actress and model
- 1974Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
- 1982Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer
- 1985Jan Smit, Dutch singer
- 1986Bronson Pelletier, Canadian actor
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