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Tuesday December 31, 2019

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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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)

  • 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.
  • 1660
    James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
  • 1857
    Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
  • 1879
    Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1960
    The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
  • 1983
    In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
  • 1992
    Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • 1994
    The first Chechen war: Russian army began a New Year’s storm of Grozny
  • 1994
    This 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 31?

  • 1741
    Isabella Maria of Parma, wife of future Holy Roman emperor (d. 1763)
  • 1882
    Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)
  • 1902
    Lionel Daunais, French-Canadian singer and composer (d. 1982)
  • 1908
    Simon Wiesenthal, Austrian Holocaust survivor (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Rex Allen, American actor, singer, and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1949
    Ellen Datlow, American editor
  • 1965
    Gong Li, Chinese actress
  • 1971
    Brent Barry, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Matthew Capiccioni, American professional wrestler
  • 1983
    Mariana Renata, French-Indonesian Actress

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