2023 Monthly Holidays that include December 31, are:
There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.
A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.
World Festivals and Events (Date Order)
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - December 20, 2023 - Early March 2024
The Astrological Sign for December 31 is Capricorn.
Birth Flower of the Month
The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:
Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it
The Birthstone(s) for December is Tanzanite, Zircon, Turquoise.
1860 - Joseph S. Cullinan - American businessman who co-founded Texaco (d. 1937)
1943 - John Denver - American country singer, songwriter and actor (Rocky Mountain High) (d. 1997)
1943 - Ben Kingsley - English actor (Gandhi)
1946 - Diane von Furstenberg, Belgian-American fashion designer
1947 - Tim Matheson - American actor, director, and producer (Animal House, West Wing, Hart of Dixie)
1948 - Donna Summer - American singer and songwriter (Last Dance) (d. 2012)
1959 - Val Kilmer - American actor and producer (Top Gun)
1965 - Nicholas Sparks, American author, screenwriter, and producer (The Notebook)
1972 - Joey McIntyre - American singer, songwriter, and actor (New Kids on the Block)
1977 - Donald Trump, Jr., American businessman and son of Donald Trump and Ivana Trump
1384 - John Wycliffe - English religious reformer who was the first person to translate the Bible into English (b. 1331)
1985 - Ricky Nelson - American actor, singer, songwriter (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet) (b. 1940)
2015 - Natalie Cole - American singer and songwriter, and daughter of Nat King Cole (b. 1950)
2015 - Wayne Rogers, American actor (Mash) (b. 1933)
2021 - Betty White, American actress, comedian, and producer (Golden Girls) (b. 1922)
Famous Weddings and Divorces
1940 - Actress Bette Davis marries innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth
1955 - Actor Gregory Peck marries philanthropist Veronique Passani
1997 - Actor and singer Will Smith marries actress Jada Pinkett
1997 - Actress Helen Mirren marries director Taylor Hackford
2000 - Actress Kate Hudson marries Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson
Quote of the Day
Recipe of the Day or a Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day
Go easy on the alcohol tonight! Alcohol is full of calories and sugar which are not at all healthy! Drink plenty of water in between drinks, and make sure not to drink on an empty stomach. Assign a designated driver for the night, or take a taxi. Plan ahead - many cities offer free rides home on New Years!
Be safe, and have a great celebration!!
This Day in History
1796 - Baltimore, Maryland is incorporated as a city.
1831 - Gramercy Park is deeded to New York City
1857 - Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as the new capital of Canada
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signs an act admitting West Virginia to the Union
1879 - Thomas Edison gives his 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lighting in Menlo Park, New Jersey
1909 - The Manhattan Bridge opens
1911 - Marie Curie receives her 2nd Nobel Prize
1921 - The final San Francisco firehorses are retired
1935 - The Monopoly game is patented by Charles Darrow
1944 - Hungary declares war on Germany during World War II
1946 - President Harry S. Truman proclaims the end of World War II
1955 - General Motors Corp. becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion in a year
1977 - Serial killer Ted Bundy escapes from a Colorado jail
1983 - The U.S. government breaks up the AT&T Bell System
1991 - The Soviet Union is officially dissolved
1999 - Boris Yeltsin, resigns as President of Russia and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin becomes the acting President
1999 - The U.S. Government gives control of the Panama Canal, as well as the surrounding land to Panama.
1999 - 190 survivors are released at the Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan from the Indian Airlines Flight 814 that was hijacked seven days earlier.
2009 - A Blue moon and a lunar eclipse both occur
2010 - A total of 36 tornadoes touch down in the midwestern and southern United States resulting in the deaths of nine people, and $113 million in damages.
2014 - 36 people are killed and 49 others injured during a New Year's Eve celebration stampede in Shanghai
2020 - The World Health Organization (WHO) issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine
This Day in Music
1961 - The Beach Boys perform for the first time in Long Beach, CA
1965 - I Feel Fine from The Beatles is certified gold
1965 - Beatles '65 by The Beatles is certified gold
1966 - I'm a Believer from the Monkee's hit's #1 and stays on top for 7 weeks
1973 - Journey makes their live debut in San Francisco
1974 - Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac
1976 - The Cars play their first show
2008 - 40,148 fans perform the Y.M.C.A. dance while the Village People perform during halftime of the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. They establish a Guinness World record!
The video above is Jon Bon Jovi and Lea Michele singing Have a Little Faith in Me, from the movie New Years Eve!
This Day in Sports
1914 - The New York Yankees are purchased by Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Captain Huston for $460,000
1958 - The USA beats Australia 3-2 in the 47th Davis Cup in Brisbane, Australia
1961 - The Green Bay Packers beat the NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
1964 - Donald Campbell of the UK sets a world water speed record at 276.33 mph
1966 - Cleveland Metroparks begins operation of their Toboggan Chutes
Word of the Day from Wiktionary
1. A state of dreaming while awake 2. A loose or irregular train of thought 3. musing or meditation 4. daydream
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