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.
- 1660James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
- 1687The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope.
- 1759Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.
- 1944World War II: Hungary declares war on Nazi Germany.
- 1961RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
- 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.
- 1998The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency.
- 1999Five 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?
- 1830Isma'il Pasha, Governor of Egypt (d. 1895)
- 1877Lawrence Beesley, English journalist and author (d. 1967)
- 1919Tommy Byrne, American baseball player (d. 2007)
- 1926Billy Snedden, Australian politician (d. 1987)
- 1937Barry Hughes, Welsh professional football player and manager and entertainer
- 1953Jane Badler, American actress
- 1964Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
- 1966Lisa Joyner, American entertainment reporter
- 1971Esteban Loaiza, Mexican Major League Baseball player
- 1973Malcolm Middleton, Scottish musician (Arab Strap)
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