On This Day in History for December 29

Events in History

  • 1170 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights
  • 1503 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba defeats French forces in Italy, giving Spain control of the Kingdom of Naples
  • 1539 St Jacob's Church burns after being hit by lightning
  • 1541 Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu
  • 1558 Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, buried in El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
  • 1566 Danish student and future astronomer Tycho Brache loses part of his nose in a sword duel over who is the better mathematician (he wore a prosthetic nose the rest of his life)
  • 1653 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer becomes a member of the Guild of Saint Luke for painters in Delft
  • 1705 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon's play "Idoménée" premieres in Paris
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Weddings in History

  • 1954 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (24) weds Joan Archer
  • 1994 Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth in Barbados

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