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December 29 - Today in History
By Staff
Dec 29, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

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1503 - Battle at Carigliano: Spanish army beats France
1539 - St Jacobs Church burns after being hit by lightning
1541 - Isabella of Poland & King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu
1558 - Charles V, German emperor, buried
1703 - Mustapha II, sultan (Turkey), dies at 39
1708 - Great Alliance occupies Gent
1778 - English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
1782 - 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston
1813 - British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812
1837 - Canadian militia destroy Caroline, a US steamboat docked at Buffalo
1837 - Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine
1841 - King/grand duke Willem II installs Order of Eikenkroon
1845 - Texas admitted as 28th state
1848 - Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk's administration)
1851 - 1st Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened (Boston)
1852 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
1857 - Franz Liszt's "Die Hunnenschlacht," premieres in Weimar
1862 - Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat Gen Sherman
1862 - Bowling ball invented
1867 - 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY
1876 - 11 passenger cars crash in a ravine near Ashtabula Ohio, 92 die
1876 - Frederic A Bartholdi (Statue of Liberty sculptor) weds Jeanne-Emilie
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler patents 1st bike (Germany)
1890 - US 7th Cavalry massacre 200+ captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, SD
1890 - Big Foot, Sioux indian chief, dies at Wounded Knee
1891 - Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)
1895 - Dr L S Jameson begins failed raid on Johannesburg
1899 - English fleet brings German postschip Bundesrath up
1900 - General Viljoen surprise attack British garrison to Helvetia
1903 - French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari
1908 - Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin
1911 - Proclamation restores "Dei Gratia" from Canada's coins
1916 - Grigori J Rasputin, Russian faith healer/intriguer, murdered at 45
1920 - The netherlands/Venezuela recover diplomatic relations
1920 - Yugoslav government bans communist party
1921 - William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Canadian PM
1922 - Dutch Constitution proclaimed
1922 - Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage
1926 - Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
1929 - Police arrest Sukarno & 100s PNI-leaders
1930 - Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans
1931 - Identification of heavy water publicly announced, HC Urey
1933 - Joh Georghe Duca, premier of Romania, murdered
1933 - Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth so he can manage the Cincinatti Reds
1934 - 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader (MSG)
1934 - Japan renounces Wash Naval Treaty of 1922 & London Treaty of 1930
1937 - 2nd Irish constitution goes into effect; Irish Free State renamed Erie
1937 - Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
1937 - Pan Am starts San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service
1938 - Construction on Lake Washington Floating Bridge, Seattle, begins
1940 - Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
1940 - NFL Pro Bowl: Chi Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
1944 - Belgian nazi Leon Degrelle at default to the death sentenced
1944 - General Eisenhowers train returns to Versailles
1947 - Ship carrying Jewish immigrants driven away from Palestine
1948 - Canada recognizes Israel
1948 - US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
1949 - 1st UHF television station operating regular basis (Bridgeport Ct)
1949 - Hungary nationalized its industries
1951 - Flying Enterprise in difficulty in Canal
1952 - 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford NY)
1954 - Kingdom of Netherlands, with Netherlands & Netherlands Antilles as autonomous parts, comes into being
1955 - Barbara Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
1957 - Detroit Lions beat Cleve Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
1957 - Singers Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme wed in Las Vegas
1958 - Baltimore Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
1958 - TV soap "Young Dr Malone" debuts
1965 - CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
1965 - Supremes release "My World is Empty Without You"
1967 - Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
1967 - Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
1968 - Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
1968 - Israeli commandos destroy 13 Lebanese airplanes
1968 - NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
1969 - NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball & challenge the reserve clause
1972 - Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
1972 - Life magazine ceases publication
1975 - 11 killed, 75 hurt by terrorist bomb at LaGuardia Airport in NYC
1978 - Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
1978 - Spain constitution goes into effect
1979 - Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1980 - Shuttle STS-1 moves from Vandenberg AFB to Launch Complex 39A
1982 - Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica
1982 - Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)
1983 - US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
1984 - 5th United Negro College Fund
1984 - Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parlimetary elections
1988 - Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
1988 - Victorian Post Office Museum in Australia closes
1989 - Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
1989 - Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1989 - Wayne Gretzky & Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP
1990 - Olympic gymnist Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
1991 - 12th United Negro College Fund
1991 - Boeing 747-200F of China Airlines crash into mountain at Taipei
1992 - NY Governor Cuomo grants Jean Harris (Scarsdale Diet Dr killer) clemency
1993 - Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment
1993 - Todd Bridges arrested for transporting methamphetamine (speed)
1994 - B737-400 flies into a mountain at Edremit East Turkey, 54 killed
1994 - Bangladesh government of Zia resigns
1994 - Billionaire J Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth on Barbados
1994 - Last Dutch electro-magnetic telephone exchange shuts down
1994 - Shane Warne takes a hat-trick v England at cricket MCG
1997 - Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30
1997 - Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu
1997 - Orville Lynn Majors, 36, arrested for many deaths under his care
1997 - Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China

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