December Facts

The 12th month of the year brings us Christmas, Chanukah, and New Years Eve.

December is the last month in the Gregorian calendar. Its name is based on the Latin term for ten. In the Roman calendar, December was the tenth month until the addition of January and February at the beginning of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere December has the shortest daylight hours and marks the beginning of winter. December provides the longest days in Southern Hemisphere, as it is the beginning of summer. December is a month home to many religious holidays.

Below are some fun facts about December:

  1. The birthstone of December is turquoise.
  2. Zodiac signs for December are Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 - January 19).
  3. The birth flower of December is the narcissus.
  4. World's AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st.
  5. December 3 - International Day of the Disabled Person
  6. Universal Human Rights Month
  7. National Read a New Book Month
  8. In December, Nobel Prizes are awarded.
  9. On December 4, 1791, The Observer newspaper (the first Sunday newspaper) was first published in Britain.
  10. Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th.
  11. On December 7, 1941, The United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese planes which killed more than 2,300 Americans.
  12. On December 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed.
  13. Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 26 - January 1 every year.
  14. National Stress Free Family Holiday Month
  15. December 27th is National Chocolate Day
  16. On December 29, 1862, the bowling bowl was invented.
  17. Poinsettia Day is on December 12th.
  18. On December 3, 1967, the first heart transplant was completed.
  19. On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight.
  20. On December 14, 1791, the Bill of Rights was passed.