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, 1,514,505,600 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 ‘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

  • 1786
    French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened.
  • 1813
    British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812.
  • 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.
  • 1937
    The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
  • 1949
    KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1881
    Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1902
    Nels Stewart, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1957)
  • 1932
    Inga Swenson, American actress
  • 1942
    Rick Danko, Canadian musician (The Band) (d. 1999)
  • 1953
    Gali Atari, Israeli singer and actress
  • 1960
    Matthew Kandegas, American Painter
  • 1972
    Asheru, American rapper
  • 1978
    LaToya London, American singer
  • 1983
    Alison Brie, American actress
  • 1986
    Kim Ok-bin, South Korean actress and model

Who died on December 29?

  • 1731
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  • 1737
    Joseph Saurin, French mathematician (b. 1659)
  • 1916
    Grigori Rasputin, Russian monk (b. 1869)
  • 1959
    Robin Milford, British composer (b. 1903)
  • 1960
    Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • 1972
    Chrysostomos Papasarantopoulos, Greek missionary (b. 1903)
  • 1999
    Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    Cássia Eller, Brazilian musician (b. 1962)
  • 2001
    Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • 2005
    Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)

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