December 20

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 20, include:

  • Cathode Ray Tube Day 
  • Dot Your I's Day
  • Games Day 
  • Go Caroling Day 
  • International Human Solidarity Day 
  • Mudd Day 
  • National Fried Shrimp Day 
  • National Sangria Day 
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - December 20, 2024 (Third Friday in December)
  • Poet Laureat Day 
  • Sacagawea Day 
  • Underdog Day - December 20, 2024 (Third Friday in December)

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 20, are:

  • Advent - December 1 - 24, 2024
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025
  • Cookie Exchange Week - December 16-20, 2024 (Monday-Friday week before Christmas
  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (Winter Enforcement) - December 18, 2024 - January 1, 2025
  • Gluten-Free Baking Week - December 15-21, 2024 (Week Before Christmas)
  • Posadas - December 16-24
  • Saturnalia - December 17-23 
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 20, 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.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 20 is Sagittarius.

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1868 - Harvey Samuel Firestone, American businessman who founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company (d. 1938)
  • 1946 - Uri Geller, Israeli-English magician and psychic

Famous Deaths

  • 1968 - John Steinbeck, American novelist and short story writer famous for Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1971 - Roy O. Disney, American banker and businessman who co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1893)
  • 1973 - Bobby Darin, American singer, songwriter, and actor (Splish Splash) (b. 1936)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1949 - Actor Clark Gable (Gone with the Wind) marries socialite Sylvia Ashley
  • 1964 - Fashion designer Ralph Lauren marries Ricky Anne Loew-Beer in New York City
  • 1984 - Actress Kate Jackson (Charlies Angles, Scarecrow & Mrs. King) divorces business executive David Greenwald

Quote of the Day

December 19th is GO CAROLING DAY!

December 19th is GO CAROLING DAY!

Joy to the world! The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room

And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make
His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found
Far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

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This Day in History

  • 1803 - At a ceremony in New Orleans, the Louisiana Purchase is completed
  • 1860 - South Carolina becomes the first state in the United States to attempt to secede from the U.S.
  • 1917 - Checka, the first Soviet secret police force is founded
  • 1924 - Adolf Hitler is released from Landsberg Prison
  • 1942 - During World War II, Japanese air forces bomb Calcutta, India
  • 1946 - A Tsunami occurs in Nankaido, Japan after an earthquake that kill at least one thousand people and destroys 36,000 homes
  • 1952 - A U.S. Air Force C-124 crashes in Moses Lake, Washington killing 87 of the 115 people on board
  • 1985 - Pope John Paul II announces the start of World Youth Day, an annual event
  • 1987 - The passenger ferry Dona Paz sinks after colliding with the oil tanker MT Vector in the Tablas Strait of the Philippines, killing 4,000 people
  • 1989 - The United States invasion of Panama deposes Manuel Noriega
  • 1995 - NATO begins peacekeeping in Bosnia
  • 1995 - American Airlines Flight 965, crashes into a mountain north of Cali, Columbia, killing 159 of the 163 people on board
  • 1999 - Macau is handed over to China by Portugal
  • 2019 - The United States Space Force becomes a new branch of the United States Armed Forces

This Day in Music

  • 1975 - Joe Walsh replaces Bernie Leadon in the Eagles
  • 1980 - Twelve days after his murder, (Just Like) Starting Over gives John Lennon his first #1 single as a solo artist in the UK
  • 1986 - Stand By Me by Ben E. King reaches #9 in the U.S. 
  • 2019 - After a seven-year absence, My Chemical Romance plays a show at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles

Joy to the World by Lindsey Stirling

This Day in Sports

  • 1973 - Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • 1983 - Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur becomes the 10th NHLer to score 500 goals
  • 1983 - Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman top scorer with 916 points

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

B'ak'tun (noun)

1. A period, in Maya calendrical reckoning, of 144,000 days, which is 394.25 solar years.

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