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.
  • 1835
    The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1890
    United States soldiers kill more than 200 Oglala Lakota people with four Hotchkiss guns in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
  • 1914
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialised in The Egoist.
  • 1930
    Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s presidential address in Allahabad introduces the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.
  • 1937
    The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1975
    A bomb explodes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York, killing 11 people and injuring 74.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1796
    Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (d. 1877)
  • 1908
    Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1951
    Georges Thurston, Canadian singer (d. 2007)
  • 1959
    Patricia Clarkson, American actress
  • 1969
    Jennifer Ehle, British - American actress
  • 1970
    Glen Phillips, American musician (Toad The Wet Sprocket)
  • 1978
    Matthew Carr, Australian rules footballer
  • 1979
    Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
  • 1985
    Alexa Ray Joel, American musician, daughter of Billy Joel
  • 1988
    Eric Berry, American football player

Who died on December 29?

  • 1737
    Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 1929
    Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
  • 1953
    Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1986
    Andrei Tarkovsky, Russian director (b. 1932)
  • 1988
    Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 1993
    Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  • 1995
    Lita Grey, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)

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