What are the important events that happened on December 29? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

December 29: Facts & Myths About This Day

December 29 is the 364th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 2 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 16, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,716,160 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectahexacontatetragon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 30 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,469 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 29 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1835
    The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1876
    The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio.
  • 1911
    Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
  • 1989
    Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 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.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1809
    William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1898)
  • 1922
    William Gaddis, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1947
    Ted Danson, American actor
  • 1954
    Albrecht Böttcher, German mathematician
  • 1954
    Prince Takamado of Japan (d. 2002)
  • 1959
    Paula Poundstone, American comedian
  • 1960
    Katerina Didaskalou, Greek actress
  • 1965
    Dexter Holland, American musician (The Offspring)
  • 1978
    Alexis Amore, Peruvian pornographic actress
  • 1979
    Diego Luna, Mexican actor

Who died on December 29?

  • 1897
    William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)
  • 1924
    Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1926
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 1980
    Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 1986
    Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
  • 2001
    Cássia Eller, Brazilian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2003
    Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2010
    Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)

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