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

  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1860
    The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.
  • 1911
    Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
  • 1930
    Sir Muhammad Iqbal’s presidential address in Allahabad introduces the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.
  • 1949
    KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 1959
    Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
  • 2001
    A fire at the Mesa Redonda shopping center in Lima, Peru, kills at least 291.

Who were born on December 29?

  • 1870
    Albert Amrhein, German rugby player (death year unknown)
  • 1910
    Ronald Coase, British economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1914
    Albert Tucker, Australian artist (d. 1999)
  • 1927
    Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)
  • 1928
    Bernard Cribbins, British actor
  • 1936
    Ray Nitschke, American football player (d. 1998)
  • 1970
    Kevin Weisman, American actor
  • 1973
    Pimp C, American rapper (UGK) (d. 2007)
  • 1976
    Danny R. McBride, American actor, writer, and producer
  • 1983
    James Kelly, Australian rules footballer

Who died on December 29?

  • 1563
    Sebastian Castellio, French theologian (b. 1515)
  • 1731
    Brook Taylor, English mathematician (b. 1685)
  • 1960
    Eden Phillpotts, British writer (b. 1862)
  • 1960
    Philippe Panneton, Quebec physician, diplomat and writer (b. 1895)
  • 1968
    Austin Farrer, English theologian and philosopher (b. 1904)
  • 1980
    Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 1981
    Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • 2003
    Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • 2004
    Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)

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