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.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1786
    French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
  • 1937
    The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1959
    The Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 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?

  • 1936
    Mary Tyler Moore, American actress
  • 1948
    Peter Robinson, Northern Ireland politician
  • 1950
    Jon Polito, American actor
  • 1954
    Albrecht Böttcher, German mathematician
  • 1961
    Kevin Granata, American college educator (d. 2007)
  • 1963
    Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1978
    Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • 1978
    Matthew Carr, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982
    Gabrielle Destroismaisons, Canadian singer
  • 1985
    Cho Cho Cheng, Chinese American fashion designer

Who died on December 29?

  • 1563
    Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 1937
    Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1967
    Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1968
    Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • 1986
    Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1894)
  • 1993
    Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Soviet Armenian actor (b. 1930)
  • 2004
    Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 2007
    Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)

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