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

  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 1975
    A bomb explodes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
  • 1989
    Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 1996
    Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1816
    Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)
  • 1908
    Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologian (d. 1993)
  • 1915
    Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)
  • 1931
    Prince Gu of Korea (d. 2005)
  • 1932
    Inga Swenson, American actress
  • 1951
    Yvonne Elliman, American disco singer
  • 1970
    Aled Jones, Welsh singer
  • 1972
    Jason Kreis, American soccer player
  • 1978
    Matthew Carr, Australian rules footballer
  • 1985
    Cho Cho Cheng, Chinese American fashion designer

Who died on December 29?

  • 1894
    Christina Rossetti, English poet (b. 1830)
  • 1926
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian writer (b. 1875)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 1967
    Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1972
    Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos, Greek missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1995
    Lita Grey, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 1998
    Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2003
    Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)

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