Events in History on December 29


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.

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Becket
  • 1503 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under General Cordoba defeats French forces
  • 1539 St Jacob's Church burns after being hit by lightning
  • 1541 Isabella of Poland & King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu
  • 1558 Charles V, German Emperor, buried
  • 1705 Prosper Jolyot's "Idomenée," premieres in Paris
  • 1708 Great Alliance occupies Gent
  • 1778 British troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
  • 1782 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston
  • 1786 French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convoked
  • 1812 The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle.
  • 1813 British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812
  • 1835 The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1837 Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo
  • 1837 Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine
  • 1841 King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
  • 1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union
  • 1848 Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk's administration)
  • 1851 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston Massachusetts.
  • 1852 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
  • 1860 The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1862 Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman

  • 1862 Bowling ball invented
  • 1864 Fire Dept celebrates 1st annual ball
  • 1867 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY
  • 1876 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula Ohio, 92 die
  • 1890 US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
  • 1891 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)
  • 1895 Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg
  • 1899 British fleet seizes German Imperial Mail Steamer Bundesrath accused of carrying contraband
  • 1900 General Viljoen surprise attack British garrison to Helvetia
  • 1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari
  • 1908 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc
  • 1911 Proclamation restores "Dei Gratia" from Canada's coins
  • 1911 Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China.
  • 1911 Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
  • 1920 The Netherlands/Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
  • 1920 Yugoslav government bans communist party

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1921 Mackenzie King elected and sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister of Canada

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1922 Dutch Constitution proclaimed
  • 1922 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage
  • 1926 Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
  • 1926 Victoria (1107) beat NSW (221 & 230) by an innings 656 runs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1929 Dutch colonial authorities arrest Sukarno and other key PNI leaders in Java

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
  • 1930 Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans
  • 1931 Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey
  • 1931 Victoria score 7 for 435 in second innings to beat NSW
  • 1934 Federico Garcia Lorca's "Yerma" premieres in Madrid
  • 1934 Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 & London Treaty of 1930
  • 1937 2nd Irish constitution comes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie
  • 1937 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Ass.World heavyweight title - youngest ever
  • 1937 Pan Am starts service between San Francisco and Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1938 Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
  • 1939 First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber prototype
  • 1940 Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
  • 1944 Belgian Nazi Leon Degrelle sentenced to death

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Gen Eisenhower's train returns to Versailles

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1947 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
  • 1948 Canada recognizes Israel
  • 1948 US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • 1949 Hungary nationalized its industries
  • 1951 Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
  • 1952 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
  • 1954 Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands & Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
  • 1958 TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
  • 1959 Saul Levitt's "Andersonville Trial" premieres in NYC
  • 1962 Doug Walters makes 1st-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 8 days
  • 1966 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Mass)
  • 1967 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
  • 1968 Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
  • 1970 Occupational Safety and Health Act (United States) signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon
  • 1972 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
  • 1972 Life magazine ceases publication
  • 1972 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland
  • 1974 Murray Schisgal's "All Over Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1975 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC
  • 1977 Ronald Ribman's "Cold Storage" premieres in NYC
  • 1978 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
  • 1978 Spain constitution goes into effect
  • 1980 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
  • 1982 Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
  • 1983 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
  • 1984 5th United Negro College Fund
  • 1984 Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parlimetary elections
  • 1988 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
  • 1989 Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia
  • 1989 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
  • 1991 12th United Negro College Fund
  • 1991 Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei
  • 1992 Gov Cuomo grants Jean Harris (Scarsdale Diet Dr killer) clemency
  • 1993 Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)
  • 1994 B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed
  • 1994 Bangladesh government of Zia resigns
  • 1994 Last Dutch electro-magnetic telephone exchange shuts down
  • 1997 Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30
  • 1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
  • 1997 Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
  • 1997 Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China
  • 1998 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over a million people
  • 2001 Mesa Redonda shopping center fire, Lima, Peru, at least 291 killed.
  • 2012 200 people are executed by the Syrian army in Homs
  • 2012 21 security personnel are killed by Pakistani Taliban near Peshawar
  • 2012 5 people are killed in a Tupolev Tu-204 plane crash in Moscow
  • 2013 The volcano, Chaparrastique,  erupts in El Salvador
  • 2013 16 people are killed and 40 are wounded by a suicide bomb attack at Volgograd-1 railway station, Russia
  • 2015 Ebola epidemic in Guinea declared over by WHO, 2,500 died over 2 years