About December 31

December 31, 2021 is the 365th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 32 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

  • 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.
  • 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: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • 1906
    Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.
  • 1909
    Manhattan Bridge opens.
  • 1946
    President Harry S. Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
  • 1951
    The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than US$13.3 billion in foreign aid to rebuild Europe.
  • 1963
    The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia.
  • 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
    In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
  • 1983
    The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government.
  • 1986
    A fire at the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, kills 97 and injures 140.
  • 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
  • 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.

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