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, 411,936 hours 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.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1816
    Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)
  • 1899
    Nie Rongzhen, Chinese Communist leader (d. 1992)
  • 1915
    Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1943
    Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Marianne Faithfull, British singer
  • 1961
    Kevin Granata, American college educator (d. 2007)
  • 1962
    Devon White, Jamaican baseball player
  • 1963
    Dave McKean, British artist and filmmaker
  • 1981
    Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater
  • 1987
    Yuhi Sekiguchi, Japanese racing driver

Who died on December 29?

  • 1170
    Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (assassinated) (b. 1118)
  • 1825
    Jacques-Louis David, French painter (b. 1748)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 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)
  • 1999
    Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    Cássia Eller, Brazilian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2008
    Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People’s Republic of China (b. 1956)

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