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December 29th History

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December 29th In Pop Culture History

1170 - Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II of England.

1851 - The first American YMCA (Young Men's Christian association) opened in Boston, Massachusetts.

1890 - The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

1896 - "Lava" soap was trademarked by William Waltke & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri.

1916 - James Joyce's book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was published.

1927 - Krakatoa began a volcanic eruption on the seafloor. It had been quiet since its 1883 eruption.

1951 - #1 Hit December 29, 1951 - March 14, 1952: Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads - Cry

1952 - The first transistor hearing aid went on sale, the model 1010, manufactured by the Sonotone Corporation

1959 - Physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," which brought in the concept on nanotechnology.

1973 - #1 Hit December 29, 1973 - January 11, 1974: Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle

1982 - Surround Sound was introduced for home use by Dolby.

1995 - Mr. Holland's Opus, Dead Man Walking and 12 Monkeys were released in theaters.

December 29th
Celebrity Birthdays

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Charles Goodyear (1800)
Andrew Johnson (1808)
Emory Parnell (1892)
Claire Dodd (1908)
Billy Tipton (1914, d.1989)
Viveca Lindfors (1920)
Robert C. Baker (1921, d.2006)
Jim Simpson (1927)
Billy Cribbins (1928)
Inga Swenson (1932)
Prez "Kidd" Kenneth (1933)
Ed Flanders (1934)
Tom Jarriel (1934)
Mary Tyler Moore (1937)
Barbara Steele (1937)
Jon Voight (1938)
Ed Bruce (1939)
Ray Thomas (1941)
Rick Danko (1942)
Jerry Summers (1942)
Marianne Faithful (1946)
Cozy Powell (1947)
Ted Danson (1947)
Vincent Winter (1947)
John Polito (1950)
Laurel Masse (1951)
Yvonne Elliman (1951)
Georges Thurston (1951)
Gelsey Kirkland (1952)
Roger Voudoris (1954)
Neil Giraldo (1955)
Leslie Graves (1959)
Patricia Clarkson (1959)
Paula Poundstone (1959)
Jim Reid (1961)
Sean Payton (1963)
Kimberly Russell (1964)
Dexter Holland (1965)
Andrew Wachowski (1967)
Jennifer Ehle (1969)
Patrick Fischler (1969)
Glen Phillips (1970)
Kevin Weisman (1970)
Jude Law (1972)
Evan Seinfeld (1972)
Leonor Varela (1972)
Pimp C (1973, d.2007)
Mekhi Phifer (1974)
Kate Olsen (1975)
Shawn Hatosy (1975)
Danny McBride (1976)
Katherine Moening (1977)
LaToya London (1978)
Diego Luna (1979)
Alison Brie (1983)
Jessica Andrews (1983)
Alexa Ray Joel (1985)
Jane Levy (1989)
Ross Lynch (1995)
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