It happened today – on this day in history – December 29

1170: Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, is assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral.

1778: British troops occupy Savannah, Georgia.

1809: Birth of Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone in Liverpool.

1813: The British burn Buffalo, New York, during War of 1812.

1835: The Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1845: Texas is admitted as the 28th state of the Union.

1857: Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem “Die Hunnenschlacht” premieres in Weimar.

1860: HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-clad warship, is launched.

1862: Invention of the bowling ball.

1890: The US 7th Cavalry massacres more than 200 captive Sioux at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

1902: “The Entertainer” is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted by Scott Joplin.

1903: French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari.

1911 Sun Yat-sen is elected as the first President of the Republic of China. On the same day, Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty.

1916: Grigori Rasputin, advisor to Tsar Nicholas II is assassinated aged 47 by conservative Russian aristocrats.

1937: The constitution of Ireland is enacted and the Irish free state is named Eire.

1940: Over 10,000 bombs including the first incendiary bombs are dropped on London.

1948:The US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit.

1962: Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship.

1966: Working at Abbey Road studios, Paul McCartney begins work on his new song Penny Lane, recording six takes of piano.

1967: Guitarist and singer Dave Mason quits Traffic over differences with Steve Winwood.

1968: The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet

1968: Album chart:


  1. The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles
  2. Best Of – The Seekers
  3. Beggars Banquet – Rolling Stones
  4. Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  5. The Graduate – Simon and Garfunkel
  6. Greatest Hits – Thee Hollies
  7. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Original Soundtrack
  8. I Pretend – Des O’Connor
  9. Live At The Talk Of The Town – Tom Jones
  10. Help Yourself – Tom Jones

1970: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins the Ballon d’Or.

1972: President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in the Republic of Ireland.

1975: Radical new legislation introducing a woman’s right to equal pay and status comes into force in the UK.

1980: Singer-songwriter Tim Hardin dies of a heroin overdose.

1981: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wins the Ballon d’Or.

1986: Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies aged 92.

1989: Vaclav Havel is selected to be president of Czechoslovakia by the country’s Federal Assembly. On the same day, riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees.

1993: Former ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ child actor Todd Bridges is arrested for transporting methamphetamine.

1998: Six die as storms batter competitors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

2000: Arctic conditions wreak havoc on British roads, rail and air services.

2002: Singles chart:

  1. Sound Of The Underground – Girls Aloud
  2. Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum) – The Cheeky Girls
  3. Sacred Trust – One True Voice
  4. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word – Blue ft Elton John
  5. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  6. If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield
  7. You’re A Superstar – Love Inc
  8. The Ketchup Song – Las Ketchup
  9. Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
  10. Feel – Robbie Williams

2003: Comedian and game show host Bob Monkhouse dies from cancer aged 74.

2007: Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening dies aged 44 from a heart attack after taking large quantities of cocaine, ecstacy and GHB.

2008: Jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies aged 69.

2012: Former England cricket captain, Tony Grieg, dies aged 66.

2013: Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps.

2016: US President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and imposing sanctions.

2019: Musician/songwriter Neil Innes dies aged 75.

BIRTHDAYS: Bernard Cribbins, actor, 92; Jon Voight, actor, 82; Harvey Smith, showjumper, 82; Marianne Faithfull, singer-songwriter, 74; Ted Danson, actor, 73; Yvonne Elliman, singer, 69; Patricia Clarkson, actress, 61; Jim Reid, singer-songwriter, (The Jesus and Mary Chain) 59; Mark Day, guitarist, (The Happy Mondays) 59; Martin Offiah MBE, rugby league winger, 54; Jennifer Ehle, actress, 51; Aled Jones, singer/broadcaster, 50; Jude (David) Law, actor, 48; Mekhi Phifer, actor, 46; Danny McBride, actor/writer, 44; Kieron Dyer, footballer, 42; Alison Brie (Schermerhorn), actress, 38; Danny Wagner, drummer (Greta van Fleet) 22.