It happened today – 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 EMI Studios in Abbey Road, St John’ Wood, London, Paul McCartney begins work on his new song for The Beatles, Penny Lane, recording six takes of piano.

Singles chart:

  1. Green Green Grass Of Home – Tom Jones
  2. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
  3. Save Me – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
  4. Morningtown Ride – The Seekers
  5. Dead End Street – The Kinks
  6. What Would I Be – Val Doonican
  7. Friday On My Mind – The Easybeats
  8. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted – Jimmy Ruffin
  9. If Every Day Was Like Christmas – Elvis Presley
  10. You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

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


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, 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.

1995: After the ref dropped his yellow card Paul Gascoigne of Rangers jokingly ‘books’ the ref when returning the card to him. The ref books Gascoigne for real as a result.

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.

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, ecstasy 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.

2013: Michael Buble – Christmas

Album chart:

  1. Swings Both Ways – Robbie Williams
  2. Since I saw You Last – Gary Barlow
  3. Midnight Memories – One Direction
  4. Beyonce – Beyonce
  5. Right Place Right Time – Olly Murs
  6. Halcyon – Ellie Goulding
  7. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – Eminem
  8. Christmas – Michael Buble
  9. To Be Loved – Michael Buble
  10. Direct Hits – The Killers

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.

2020:Fashion designer Pierre Cardin dies aged 98.

BIRTHDAYS: Jon Voight, actor, 84; Harvey Smith, showjumper, 84; Marianne Faithfull, singer-songwriter, 76; Ted Danson, actor, 75; Yvonne Elliman, singer, 71; Patricia Clarkson, actress, 63; Jim Reid, singer-songwriter, (The Jesus and Mary Chain) 61; Mark Day, guitarist, (The Happy Mondays) 61; Martin Offiah MBE, rugby league winger, 56; Jennifer Ehle, actress, 53; Aled Jones, singer/broadcaster, 52; Jude (David) Law, actor, 50; Mekhi Phifer, actor, 48; Danny McBride, actor/writer, 46; Kieron Dyer, footballer, 44; Alison Brie (Schermerhorn), actress, 40; Danny Wagner, drummer (Greta van Fleet) 24.

Mick Ferris

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