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What happened on December 29
- December 29, 1782 "First nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston"
- December 29, 1800 Charles Goodyear founder of Goodyear Tire was born
- December 29, 1812 USS Constitution (Captain William Bainbridge) captures HMS Java off Brazil after a three hour battle.
- December 29, 1813 "British soldiers burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812."
- December 29, 1813 Major General Phineas Riall attacks villages of Black Rock and Buffalo with a party of Canadian militia and Indians to get revenge on burning of Newark and Queenston on Dec. 10.
- December 29, 1835 "The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States."
- December 29, 1837 "Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo"
- December 29, 1837 "Royal Navy Commander Andrew Drew 1792-1878 and a group of Canadian militiamen cross the Niagara River to Fort Schlosser, and capture the American supply steamer Caroline, burn the ship and set her adrife in the river towards Niagra FAlls"
- December 29, 1837 "Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine"
- December 29, 1845 Texas is admitted as the 28th U.S. state.
- December 29, 1848 Gas lights first installed at White House (Polk's administration)
- December 29, 1848 Gaslights are installed in the White House.
- December 29, 1851 "The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts."
- December 29, 1851 The first YMCA in the USA is organized in Boston.
- December 29, 1852 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
- December 29, 1860 "The first British seagoing iron-clad warship, the HMS Warrior is launched."
- December 29, 1867 "First telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck and Co, New York"
- December 29, 1876 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula OH
- December 29, 1876 "The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster occurs, leaving 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio."
- December 29, 1877 Grand Trunk Railroad workers strike to support fired members of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; strike broken by use of militia and unorganized workers.
- December 29, 1879 The locomotive J.G. Haggart is taken over the ice of the Red River into Winnipeg by the contractor Joseph Whitehead to start construction westwards across the Prairies in the spring of 1880.
- December 29, 1890 "300 Sioux Indians are killed by US troops at Wounded Knee, South Dakota."
- December 29, 1890 "Federal troops massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD; Indian ""war"" in the west"
- December 29, 1890 "The ""Battle of Wounded Knee"" ends the last major Indian resistance to white settlement in America"
- December 29, 1890 "United States soldiers massacre more than 400 men, women and children of the Great Sioux Nation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota."
- December 29, 1891 "Edison patents ""transmission of signals electrically"" (radio)"
- December 29, 1896 First issue of newspaper Le Soleil is published.
- December 29, 1908 "patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville WI"
- December 29, 1911 Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.
- December 29, 1911 San Francisco Symphony formed
- December 29, 1911 Sun Yat-sen becomes the first President of the Republic of China.
- December 29, 1913 "First movie serial, ""Adventures of Kathlyn,"" premieres in Chicago"
- December 29, 1921 William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Canadian PM
- December 29, 1930 Sir Muhammad Iqbal's presidential address in Allahabad introduces the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.
- December 29, 1931 "Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey"
- December 29, 1934 Japan renounces the London Naval Treaty of 1930 and the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.
- December 29, 1934 Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
- December 29, 1934 The first college basketball game at New York City's Madison Square Garden is played between the University of Notre Dame and New York University.
- December 29, 1937 2nd Irish constitution goes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie
- December 29, 1937 "Pan Am starts San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service"
- December 29, 1937 The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.
- December 29, 1938 "Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins"
- December 29, 1940 "Germany begins the bombing of London during WWII, damaging many buildings, such as historic St. Mary's Cathedral."
- December 29, 1940 "World War II: In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombs City of London, killing almost 200 civilians."
- December 29, 1944 Over France RCAF Flight Lt. Dick Audet destroys five German planes in ten minutes.
- December 29, 1945 "In Ottawa DND releases World War II casualty statistics; 41,371 Canadians in service killed, 43,178 wounded, 10,844 made prisoners of war, 32 missing in action."
- December 29, 1948 US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
- December 29, 1949 Hungary nationalized its industries
- December 29, 1949 "KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule."
- December 29, 1952 First transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
- December 29, 1954 "Kingdom of the Netherlands, with Netherlands and Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being"
- December 29, 1955 "Barbra Streisand's first recording ""You'll Never Know"" at age 13"
- December 29, 1957 Entertainers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are married in Las Vegas.
- December 29, 1957 Singers Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
- December 29, 1958 "TV soap ""Young Dr Malone"" debuts"
- December 29, 1960 Number one hit on UK music charts - Cliff Richard - I Love You
- December 29, 1965 "Supremes release ""My World is Empty Without You"""
- December 29, 1967 "Parliament drops death penalty for murder, except policemen or prison guards; for five-year trial period."
- December 29, 1967 "Star Trek's ""The Trouble With Tribbles"" first airs ( a classic)"
- December 29, 1972 "An Eastern Air Lines Lockheed ""Tristar"" crashes on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101."
- December 29, 1972 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
- December 29, 1975 "11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC"
- December 29, 1975 Eleven people die when a bomb explodes in the main terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
- December 29, 1978 "Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government"
- December 29, 1980 Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
- December 29, 1983 Arnold Schwarzenegger was cited for driving without a license after he drove his Jeep into a ditch with Maria Shriver aboard. No one was hurt.
- December 29, 1983 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
- December 29, 1984 Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parliamentary elections
- December 29, 1988 "Soviet Red Army Team edges New York Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum"
- December 29, 1988 Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
- December 29, 1989 Canada is the first country in the world to ban smoking on domestic airlines.
- December 29, 1989 "On the final day of trading for the year and decade, the Japanese Nikkei 225 Average closes at an all-time high of 38,915.87."
- December 29, 1989 Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.
- December 29, 1989 Vaclav Havel becomes the first non-communist elected as president of Czechoslovakia in 40 years.
- December 29, 1989 Vclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia. He became the first non-Communist who attained the post in more than four decades.
- December 29, 1989 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova are named athletes of the decade by the Associated Press
- December 29, 1992 "Fernando Collor de Mello, president of Brazil, tried to resign amidst corruption charges, but ended up being impeached."
- December 29, 1996 "A peace accord is signed in Guatemala, ending 36 years of civil unrest there."
- December 29, 1996 Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.
- December 29, 1997 Hong Kong begins to kill all the nation's chickens (1.25 million) to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.
- December 29, 1997 Kmart announces the closure of 10 stores across Canada; finding it difficult to compete against WalMart.
- December 29, 1998 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million.
- December 29, 2001 "A massive fire in the historic district of downtown Lima, Peru kills at least 274 people."
- December 29, 2008 "Important Islamic date - Islamic New Year: December 29, 2008 (1430 A.H.)"
- December 29, 2009 A Turkish court sentences a Kurdish man to life in prison for a minibus bombing in 2005 that killed five people.
- December 29, 2009 Akmal Shaikh becomes the first EU native to be executed in China in 50 years. Gordon Brown releases a statement indicating that he is appalled.
- December 29, 2009 "An American Christian activist is reportedly arrested after crossing into North Korea from China, according to North Korean media."
- December 29, 2009 "Bangladesh says it will repatriate 9,000 Rohingya refugees staying at camps in the country back to Burma."
- December 29, 2009 China displaces the U.S. as the largest overall buyer of Japanese goods in 2009.
- December 29, 2009 "Iran's Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi says her sister Nooshin, a medical professor and human rights activist, was arrested by authorities the previous evening. Sources indicate journalists have also been detained."
- December 29, 2009 "Serbia's Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Affairs Rasim Ljajic resigns a job due to his inability to keep his promise to locate Ratko Mladic by the end of 2009."
- December 29, 2009 Somali pirates seize UK and Panamanian-flagged ships with international crews on board in the Gulf of Aden.
- December 29, 2009 "Thailand completes its repatriation of over 4,000 Hmong refugees to neighbouring Laos."
- December 29, 2009 The Sudanese parliament approves legislation for a referendum on the independence of South Sudan.
- December 29, 2009 "Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, believed to have held Malawi's first gay engagement ceremony, are arrested and expected to be charged with gross public indecency."
- December 29, 2009 "Two Italians are injured and one American is killed in a shooting incident in Badghis Province, Afghanistan."