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

  • 406
    Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine, beginning an invasion of Gaul.
  • 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.
  • 1660
    James II of England is named Duke of Normandy by Louis XIV of France.
  • 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.
  • 1790
    Efimeris, the oldest Greek newspaper of which issues have survived till today is published for the first time.
  • 1857
    Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa, Ontario, then a small logging town, as the capital of Canada.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Abraham Lincoln signs an act that admits West Virginia to the Union, thus dividing Virginia in two.
  • 1923
    The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
  • 1944
    World War II: Hungary declares war on Nazi Germany.
  • 1946
    President Harry S. Truman officially proclaims the end of hostilities in World War II.
  • 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.
  • 1983
    In Nigeria a coup d'état led by Major General Muhammadu Buhari ends the Nigerian Second Republic.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1994
    This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones from UTC−11:00 to UTC+13:00 and UTC-10:00 to UTC+14:00, respectively.
  • 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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