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

  • 1786
    French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened.
  • 1835
    The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1914
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialised in The Egoist.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 1972
    An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1921
    Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
  • 1932
    Inga Swenson, American actress
  • 1937
    Barbara Steele, British actress
  • 1946
    Marianne Faithfull, British singer
  • 1950
    Jon Polito, American actor
  • 1953
    Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress
  • 1960
    David Boon, Australian Cricketer
  • 1961
    Kevin Granata, American college educator (d. 2007)
  • 1975
    Shawn Hatosy, American actor
  • 1977
    Katherine Moennig, American actress

Who died on December 29?

  • 1634
    John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (b. 1612)
  • 1891
    Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician (b. 1823)
  • 1894
    Christina Rossetti, English poet (b. 1830)
  • 1937
    Don Marquis, American author (b. 1878)
  • 1953
    Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 2001
    Cássia Eller, Brazilian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2003
    Dinsdale Landen, English actor (b. 1932)
  • 2003
    Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 2010
    Bill Erwin, American actor (b. 1914)

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