On This Day: December 29th

This is 363rd day of the year and 2 days remain in the year.

in history
1170
Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by four knights acting under the orders of Henry II.
1845
Texas became the 28th state in the United States.
1851
The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) opened in Boston.
1890
The last major battle of the Indian Wars, at Wounded Knee Creek, took place with hundreds of Indian men, women, and children massacred.
1937
The Constitution of Ireland, changing the Irish Free State into Eire, went into effect.
1940
During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.
1989
Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia.
1996
A peace agreement was signed, ending 36 years of conflict in Guatemala.
December 29 Birthdays
Andrew Johnson

1808–1875, 17th President of the United States


William "Billy" Mitchellaviator, soldier
Patricia Clarksonactor
Jude Lawactor
Vera Brittainnovelist, poet
Pablo Casalsvirtuoso cellist
Mary Tyler Mooreactress
Charles Goodyearinvented vulcanized rubber
William Gladstonestatesman
Jon Voightactor, director, writer



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