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, 1,482,969,600 seconds 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1972
    An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101.
  • 1996
    Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.
  • 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?

  • 1914
    Albert Tucker, Australian artist (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    Billy Tipton, American musician (d. 1989)
  • 1925
    Pete Dye, American golf course architect
  • 1934
    Ed Flanders, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1936
    Ray Nitschke, American football player (d. 1998)
  • 1960
    David Boon, Australian Cricketer
  • 1960
    Matthew Kandegas, American Painter
  • 1977
    Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Katherine Moennig, American actress
  • 1988
    Eric Berry, American football player

Who died on December 29?

  • 1689
    Thomas Sydenham, English physician (b. 1624)
  • 1737
    Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  • 1891
    Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1897
    William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)
  • 1937
    Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1967
    Paul Whiteman, American musician and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1972
    Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos, Greek missionary (b. 1903)
  • 2001
    Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • 2011
    Tyron Perez, Filipino actor and model (b. 1985)

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