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 363rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 2 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 16, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,241,760 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 ‘trihectahexacontatrigon’ 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 52 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 1,834 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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December 29 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1914
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialised in The Egoist.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
  • 2003
    The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1938
    Jon Voight, American actor
  • 1942
    Rajesh Khanna, Indian actor
  • 1943
    Bill Aucoin, American rock band manager (d. 2010)
  • 1951
    Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1963
    Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1967
    Chris Barnes, American singer
  • 1973
    Theo Epstein, American baseball general manager
  • 1974
    Mekhi Phifer, American actor
  • 1976
    Filip Kuba, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Kieron Dyer, English footballer

Who died on December 29?

  • 721
    Empress Gemmei of Japan (b. 661)
  • 1634
    John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (b. 1612)
  • 1731
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  • 1924
    Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1934
    Alma Tell, American stage and film actress (b. 1898)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 1976
    Ivo Van Damme, Belgian athlete (b. 1954)
  • 1986
    Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian director (b. 1932)
  • 2007
    Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • 2009
    Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People’s Republic of China (b. 1956)

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