About December 31

December 31, 2022 is the 365th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 22 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.
  • 1695
    A window tax is imposed in England, causing many householders to brick up windows to avoid the tax.
  • 1790
    Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.
  • 1831
    Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City.
  • 1853
    A 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
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
  • 1879
    Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1906
    Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signs the Persian Constitution of 1906.
  • 1907
    The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in New York, New York.
  • 1946
    President Harry S. Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
  • 1955
    The General Motors Corporation becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year.
  • 1961
    RTÉ Ireland’s state broadcaster launches its first national television service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved.
  • 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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