About December 31

December 31, 2020 is the 366th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Capricorn 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 43 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

December 31: More About This Day

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.

What Happened On December 31

  • 406
    Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.
  • 1225
    The Ly Dynasty of Vietnam ends after 216 years by the enthronement of the boy emperor Tran Thai Tong, husband of the last Ly monarch, Ly Chieu Hoang, starting the Tran Dynasty.
  • 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.
  • 1600
    The British East India Company is chartered.
  • 1660
    James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
  • 1695
    A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.
  • 1759
    Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Battle of Quebec: British forces repulse an attack by Continental Army General Richard Montgomery.
  • 1831
    Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
  • 1951
    The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
  • 1961
    RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
  • 1963
    The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
  • 1965
    Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic army, and his military officers begins a coup d'état against the government of President David Dacko.
  • 1981
    A 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.
  • 1983
    The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
  • 1991
    All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
  • 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.
  • 1999
    The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama. This act complied with the signing of the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
  • 2004
    The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, standing at a height of 509 m.

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