About December 29

December 29, 2021 is the 363rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 2 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Capricorn is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 34 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 29

  • 1170
    Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church.
  • 1786
    French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened.
  • 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.
  • 1845
    In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, United States annexes the Mexican state of Texas, following the Manifest Destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.
  • 1860
    The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior is launched.
  • 1876
    The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio.
  • 1890
    United States soldiers kill more than 200 Oglala Lakota people with four Hotchkiss guns in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
  • 1911
    Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
  • 1911
    Sun Yat-sen becomes the provisional President of the Republic of China; he formally takes office on January 1, 1912.
  • 1914
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialised in The Egoist.
  • 1937
    The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
  • 1939
    First flight of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
  • 1940
    World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, killing almost 200 civilians.
  • 1949
    KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 1959
    The Lisbon Metro begins operation.
  • 1972
    An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101.
  • 1975
    A bomb explodes at LaGuardia Airport in New York, New York, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
  • 1996
    Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.
  • 1997
    Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
  • 1998
    Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives.

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