What Happened on December 29

Historical Events

  • 1170 Assassination inside Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1835 The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union
  • 1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari
  • 1940 Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
  • 1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
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Did You Know?

The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

On December 29, 1860

Famous Weddings

  • 1876 Frederic A Bartholdi (Statue of Liberty sculptor) weds Jeanne-Emilie
  • 1954 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (24) weds Joan Archer
  • 1957 "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas
  • 1984 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1984 MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes

Famous Divorces

  • 2003 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage
  • 2006 One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (24) divorces actor Chad Michael Murray (25) for the reason of fraud after 5 months of marriage
  • 2006 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage
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