On This Day

What Happened on December 29

Important Events

  • 1835 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all 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 and Ubangi-Shari
  • 1911 Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China
  • 1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
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December 29 in Film & TV

  • 1913 1st movie serial "Adventures of Kathlyn" premieres in Chicago

December 29 in Music

  • 1902 "The Entertainer" is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

December 29 in Sport

Did You Know?

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

On December 29, 1860

Would You Believe?

Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants

On December 29, 1852

Famous Weddings

  • 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

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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