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, 1,482,969,600 seconds 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

  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1851
    The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1911
    Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 1800
    Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
  • 1808
    Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1843
    Elisabeth of Wied, queen of Romania and novelist (d. 1916)
  • 1917
    Ramanand Sagar, Indian film director (d. 2005)
  • 1951
    Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1970
    Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver
  • 1978
    Alexis Amore, Peruvian pornographic actress
  • 1979
    Diego Luna, Mexican actor
  • 1983
    James Kelly, Australian rules footballer

Who died on December 29?

  • 721
    Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  • 1563
    Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1926
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1941
    Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1953
    Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1960
    Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1967
    Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1972
    Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos, Greek missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1980
    Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • 2005
    Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)

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