December 31: Day of the Week
December 31, 2018 is the 365th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is lunes.
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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)
- 535Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.
- 1831Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
- 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
- 1862American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
- 1907The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
- 1951The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
- 1960The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom.
- 1981A coup d'état in Ghana removes President Hilla Limann’s PNP government and replaces it with the Provisional National Defence Council led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings.
- 1992Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- 1994The first Chechen war: Russian army began a New Year’s storm of Grozny
Who were born on December 31?
- 1491Jacques Cartier, French explorer (d. 1557)
- 1823Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (d. 1849)
- 1869Henri Matisse, French painter (d. 1954)
- 1882Martin O'Meara, Australian soldier (d. 1935)
- 1919Tommy Byrne, American baseball player (d. 2007)
- 1941Sarah Miles, English actress
- 1949Seub Nakhasathien, Thai conservationist (d. 1990)
- 1964Michael McDonald, American actor-comedian
- 1969Are Kalvø, Norwegian writer and satirist
- 1980Jesse Carlson, American baseball player
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