What happened on December 29? There are more than 219 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 29

December 29 In HistoryDecember 29 is the 363rd day of the year 2023. There are 2 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 52nd week of the year 2023.

On this day in Gwynn, Virginia 23066 sunrise will occur at 07:19 AM and sunset will occur at 04:55 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Capricorn. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 43 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 10, 2024).

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Historical Events For December 29

  • 1170
    Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1786
    French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened.
  • 1812
    The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.
  • 1813
    British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.
  • 1835
    The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1845
    In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, United States annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.
  • 1851
    The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1860
    The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.
  • 1876
    The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio.
  • 1890
    United States soldiers kill more than 200 Oglala Lakota people with four Hotchkiss guns in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
  • 1911
    Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
  • 1911
    Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.
  • 1914
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialised in The Egoist.
  • 1930
    Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s presidential address in Allahabad introduces the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.
  • 1934
    Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
  • 1937
    The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1949
    KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 1959
    Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.
  • 1959
    The Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 1972
    An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101.
  • 1975
    A bomb explodes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
  • 1989
    Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 1992
    Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil, tries to resign amidst corruption charges, but is then impeached.
  • 1996
    Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.
  • 1997
    Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
  • 1998
    Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.
  • 2001
    A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.
  • 2003
    The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.

Who Were Born On December 29?

  • 1709
    Empress Elizabeth of Russia (d. 1762)
  • 1721
    Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1764)
  • 1796
    Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (d. 1877)
  • 1800
    Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
  • 1808
    Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1809
    William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1898)
  • 1816
    Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)
  • 1843
    Elisabeth of Wied, queen of Romania and novelist (d. 1916)
  • 1856
    Thomas Joannes Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (d. 1894)
  • 1859
    Venustiano Carranza, 54th President of Mexico (d. 1920)
  • 1870
    Albert Amrhein, German rugby player (death year unknown)
  • 1876
    Pau Casals, Catalan musician (d. 1973)
  • 1881
    Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1885
    Roman Ungern von Sternberg, famous White Russian warlord (d.1921)
  • 1896
    David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mexican painter (d. 1974)
  • 1899
    Nie Rongzhen, Chinese Communist leader (d. 1992)
  • 1902
    Nels Stewart, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1957)
  • 1904
    Kuvempu aka Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa, Indian writer and poet (d. 1994)
  • 1908
    Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1910
    Ronald Coase, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1914
    Albert Tucker, Australian artist (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    Billy Tipton, American musician (d. 1989)
  • 1915
    Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Ramanand Sagar, Indian film director (d. 2005)
  • 1917
    Tom Bradley, American politician (d. 1998)
  • 1920
    Viveca Lindfors, Swedish-American actress (d. 1995)
  • 1921
    Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
  • 1922
    William Gaddis, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1925
    Pete Dye, American golf course architect
  • 1927
    Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)
  • 1928
    Bernard Cribbins, British actor
  • 1931
    Prince Gu of Korea (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Inga Swenson, American actress
  • 1934
    Ed Flanders, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1936
    Mary Tyler Moore, American actress
  • 1936
    Ray Nitschke, American football player (d. 1998)
  • 1937
    Barbara Steele, British actress
  • 1937
    Wayne Huizenga, American football team owner
  • 1938
    Harvey Smith, English showjumper
  • 1938
    Jon Voight, American actor
  • 1941
    Ray Thomas, British musician (The Moody Blues)
  • 1942
    Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor
  • 1942
    Rick Danko, Canadian musician (The Band) (d. 1999)
  • 1943
    Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Marianne Faithfull, British singer
  • 1947
    Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (d. 1998)
  • 1947
    Ted Danson, American actor
  • 1947
    Vincent Winter, British actor (d. 1998)
  • 1948
    Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland politician
  • 1949
    David Topliss, English rugby league player
  • 1949
    Syed Kirmani, Indian cricket player
  • 1950
    Jon Polito, American actor
  • 1951
    Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1951
    Yvonne Elliman, American disco singer
  • 1952
    Gelsey Kirkland, American dancer
  • 1953
    Alan Rusbridger, British newspaper editor
  • 1953
    Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress
  • 1953
    Stanley Tookie Williams, American murderer (d. 2005)
  • 1954
    Albrecht Böttcher, German mathematician
  • 1954
    Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1954
    Roger Voudouris, American singer (d. 2003)
  • 1956
    Fred MacAulay, Scottish comedian
  • 1957
    Brad Grey, American film producer
  • 1957
    Paul Rudnick, American screenwriter/playwright
  • 1958
    Nancy J. Currie, American astronaut
  • 1959
    Patricia Clarkson, American actress
  • 1959
    Paula Poundstone, American comedian
  • 1960
    David Boon, Australian Cricketer
  • 1960
    Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress
  • 1960
    Matthew Kandegas, American Painter
  • 1960
    Thomas Lubanga, Congolese political activist
  • 1961
    Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)
  • 1961
    Kevin Granata, American college educator (d. 2007)
  • 1962
    Devon White, Jamaican baseball player
  • 1963
    Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • 1963
    Des Foy, British rugby league player
  • 1963
    Francisco Bustamante, Filipino billiard player
  • 1963
    Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1965
    Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring)
  • 1966
    Laurent Boudouani French Boxer
  • 1966
    Martin Offiah, former rugby league footballer
  • 1966
    Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
  • 1967
    Andy Wachowski, American director
  • 1967
    Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist
  • 1967
    Chris Barnes, American singer
  • 1967
    Evan Seinfeld, American musician (Biohazard) and actor
  • 1969
    Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver
  • 1969
    Jennifer Ehle, British - American actress
  • 1970
    Aled Jones, Welsh singer
  • 1970
    Glen Phillips, American musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
  • 1970
    Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver
  • 1970
    Kevin Weisman, American actor
  • 1971
    Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer
  • 1972
    Asheru, American rapper
  • 1972
    Jason Kreis, American soccer player
  • 1972
    Jude Law, British actor
  • 1972
    Leonor Varela, Chilean actress
  • 1973
    Pimp C, American rapper (UGK) (d. 2007)
  • 1973
    Theo Epstein, American baseball general manager
  • 1974
    Mekhi Phifer, American actor
  • 1974
    Richie Sexson, American baseball player
  • 1974
    Ryan Shore, film composer
  • 1975
    Jaret Wright, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Shawn Hatosy, American actor
  • 1976
    Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer
  • 1976
    Filip Kuba, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Katherine Moennig, American actress
  • 1978
    Alexis Amore, Peruvian pornographic actress
  • 1978
    Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • 1978
    LaToya London, American singer
  • 1978
    Matthew Carr, Australian rules footballer
  • 1978
    Steve Kemp, British musician (Hard-Fi)
  • 1979
    Ariel Schrag, American cartoonist
  • 1979
    Diego Luna, Mexican actor
  • 1979
    Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
  • 1981
    Shaun Suisham, American football player
  • 1981
    Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater
  • 1982
    Dale Morris, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982
    Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Canadian singer
  • 1983
    Alison Brie, American actress
  • 1983
    Gonzalo Olave, Chilean television actor (d. 2009)
  • 1983
    James Kelly, Australian rules footballer
  • 1983
    Jessica Andrews, American country/pop singer
  • 1985
    Alexa Ray Joel, American musician, daughter of Billy Joel
  • 1985
    Cho Cho Cheng, Chinese American fashion designer
  • 1986
    Joe Anyon, English footballer
  • 1986
    Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model
  • 1987
    Yuhi Sekiguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1988
    Ágnes Szávay, Hungarian tennis player
  • 1988
    Eric Berry, American football player
  • 1994
    Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan

Who Died On December 29?

  • 721
    Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  • 1170
    Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (assassinated) (b. 1118)
  • 1563
    Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1634
    John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (b. 1612)
  • 1661
    Antoine Gérard de Saint-Amant, French poet (b. 1594)
  • 1689
    Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  • 1731
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  • 1737
    Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  • 1785
    Johan Herman Wessel, Norwegian poet (b. 1742)
  • 1825
    Jacques-Louis David, French painter (b. 1748)
  • 1891
    Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1894
    Christina Rossetti, English poet (b. 1830)
  • 1897
    William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 1924
    Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1926
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1929
    Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
  • 1934
    Alma Tell, American stage and film actress (b. 1898)
  • 1937
    Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1941
    Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1953
    Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 1960
    Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • 1960
    Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1968
    Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • 1970
    Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (b. 1909)
  • 1972
    Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos, Greek missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1976
    Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (b. 1954)
  • 1980
    Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1980
    Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 1981
    Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1986
    Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian director (b. 1932)
  • 1986
    Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
  • 1988
    Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 1993
    Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  • 1995
    Lita Grey, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1996
    Mireille Hartuch, French singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 1998
    Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • 1999
    Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    Cássia Eller, Brazilian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2001
    Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 2004
    Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • 2005
    Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2007
    Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2008
    Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)
  • 2009
    Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People’s Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • 2010
    Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 2011
    Tyron Perez, Filipino actor and model (b. 1985)

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