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

  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1813
    British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.
  • 1835
    The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1911
    Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
  • 1934
    Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1949
    KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 1972
    An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101.
  • 1998
    Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.
  • 2001
    A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1721
    Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1764)
  • 1800
    Charles Goodyear, American inventor (d. 1860)
  • 1856
    Thomas Joannes Stieltjes, Dutch mathematician (d. 1894)
  • 1961
    Jim Reid, Scottish singer (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Freeheat)
  • 1967
    Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian journalist
  • 1972
    Jason Kreis, American soccer player
  • 1978
    LaToya London, American singer
  • 1979
    Mitsuhiro Ishida, Japanese mixed-martial arts fighter
  • 1987
    Yuhi Sekiguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1994
    Princess Kako of Akishino of Japan

Who died on December 29?

  • 1689
    Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  • 1731
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  • 1894
    Christina Rossetti, English poet (b. 1830)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 1926
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1953
    Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1960
    Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1980
    Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2004
    Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2007
    Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)

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