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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
  • 1996
    Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.
  • 2001
    A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1800
    Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
  • 1870
    Albert Amrhein, German rugby player (death year unknown)
  • 1947
    Cozy Powell, English rock drummer (d. 1998)
  • 1959
    Patricia Clarkson, American actress
  • 1960
    Matthew Kandegas, American Painter
  • 1966
    Martin Offiah, former rugby league footballer
  • 1970
    Kevin Weisman, American actor
  • 1978
    Steve Kemp, British musician (Hard-Fi)
  • 1983
    Gonzalo Olave, Chilean television actor (d. 2009)
  • 1988
    Ágnes Szávay, Hungarian tennis player

Who died on December 29?

  • 721
    Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  • 1689
    Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  • 1941
    Tullio Levi-Civita, Italian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • 1976
    Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (b. 1954)
  • 1980
    Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 1996
    Mireille Hartuch, French singer and actress (b. 1906)
  • 2003
    Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2008
    Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)

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