On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 2020

Historical Events

  • WHO grants the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine emergency authorization, paving the way for worldwide distribution

Famous Deaths

  • Joan Micklin Silver, American film director (Hester Street; Crossing Delancey), dies at 85
  • Richard Thornburgh, 76th United States Attorney General (1988-91) and 41st Governor of Pennsylvania (dealt with Three Mile Island nuclear meltdown), dies at 88 [1]
  • Tommy Docherty, Scottish soccer midfielder (25 caps; Preston North End) and manager (Chelsea, QPR, Scotland, Manchester United), dies at 92
2020 Highlights

About December 31, 2020

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 1 year and 25 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Capricorn