29 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Madame de Pompadour, 1721
  • Charles Goodyear, 1800
  • Andrew Johnson, 1808
  • William Gladstone, 1809
  • Pablo Casals, 1876
  • Jess Willard, 1881
  • Tom Bradley, 1918
  • Mary Tyler Moore, 1938
  • Jon Voight, 1938
  • Marianne Faithfull, 1946
  • Ted Danson, 1948
  • Paula Poundstone, 1959
  • Ashleigh Banfield, 1967
  • Jude Law, 1972

Died On This Day:

  • St. Thomas Becket assassinated, 1170
  • Sir William Osler, 1919
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, 1926
  • Don Marquis, 1937
  • Eden Phillpotts, 1960
  • Paul Whiteman, 1967
  • Harold Macmillan, 1986

Today's Events:

  • 1170 - Thomas Becket is killed by four leading knights of Henry II's court in Canterbury Cathedral.
  • 1720 - London Haymarket Theatre opened.
  • 1775 - Sarah Siddons makes London stage debut.
  • 1778 - British capture Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1845 - Texas 28th state admitted to Union.
  • 1859 - YMCA (Young Men's Christian Organization) organized in Boston, 15 years after Britain.
  • 1890 - Massacre of Wounded Knee, South Dakota-300 women & children Indians killed by U.S. 7th Cavalry.
  • 1891 - Thomas Alva Edison granted patent on electrical transmission of radio signals.
  • 1911 - Revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen elected President of provisional government of China.
  • 1940 - Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London. WWII.
  • 1954 - Vietnam achieves independence.
  • 1975 - Equal Pay Act of 1970 in the UK prohibiting less favorable pay and conditions for women comes into force.
  • 2011 - One million North Koreans mourning death of Kim Jong Il witness installation of Kim Jong-un as 'supreme leader of the party, state and army.'

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Marcellus the Righteous
  • Thomas of Canterbury

Holiday:

  • National Holiday in Nepal celebrating King's birthday

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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