About December 20

December 20, 2024 is the 355th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 11 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Sagittarius is the sun 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.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 40 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 20

  • 69
    Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, enters Rome to claim the title of emperor.
  • 1522
    Siege of Rhodes: Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle on Malta and become known as the Knights of Malta.
  • 1803
    The Louisiana Purchase is completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.
  • 1808
    Peninsular War: The Siege of Zaragoza begins.
  • 1860
    South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede from the United States.
  • 1917
    Cheka, the first Soviet secret police, is founded.
  • 1924
    Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison
  • 1941
    World War II: First battle of the American Volunteer Group, better known as the “Flying Tigers” in Kunming, China.
  • 1942
    World War II: Bombing of Calcutta by the Japanese.
  • 1959
    The Walker family murders are committed.
  • 1971
    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto takes over as the fourth President of Pakistan.
  • 1984
    The Summit tunnel fire is the largest underground fire in history, as a freight train carrying over 1 million litres of petrol derails near the town of Todmorden in the Pennines.
  • 1987
    History’s worst peacetime sea disaster, when the passenger ferry Doña Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker Vector 1 in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines, killing an estimated 4,000 people (1,749 official).
  • 1988
    The United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances is signed in Vienna.
  • 1989
    United States invasion of Panama: The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega. This is also the first combat use of purpose-designed stealth aircraft.
  • 1996
    NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X.
  • 1999
    Macau is handed over to the People’s Republic of China by Portugal.
  • 2005
    In Durrës, Albania was founded Aleksander Moisiu University.
  • 2005
    US District Court Judge John E. Jones III rules against mandating the teaching of “intelligent design” in his ruling of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
  • 2007
    The painting Portrait of Suzanne Bloch (1904), by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, is stolen from the São Paulo Museum of Art, along with O Lavrador de Café by the major Brazilian modernist painter Candido Portinari.

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