December 29: This Day That Year

DEC 29

- 1709 - Birthday: Elizaveta Petrovna, Empress of Russia (1741-62) and daughter of Peter the Great, born in Kolomenskoye, Moscow.

- 1800 - Birthday: Charles Goodyear, Chemist and manufacturing engineer (vulcanized rubber), born in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

- 1808 - Birthday: Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

- 1835 - USA: Treaty of New Echota was signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all their lands east of the Mississippi River (aka Trail of tears).

- 1890 - USA: 200+ captive Sioux were massacred at Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

- 1911 - China: Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President.

- 1911 - Mongolia gained independence from the Qing dynasty.

- 1921 - Canada: Mackenzie King sworn in as the 10th Prime Minister.

- 1940 - World War II: Germany dropped 10,000 bombs on London.

- 1942 - Birthday: Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (aka The First Superstar of Indian cinema) born in Amritsar, Punjab, India.

- 2012 - Tony Greig, English cricketer (1972-77) and commentator, died from a heart attack.

- 2012 - Syria: 200+ people executed by the Syrian army in Homs.

- 2012 - Pakistan: 21 security personnel killed by Taliban near Peshawar.

- 2013 - Russia: 16 people were killed & 40+ were injured by a suicide bomberat Volgograd-1 railway station.

- 2013 - Michael Schumacher suffered a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps.

- 2018 - Egypt: 40 militants killed in Giza and El-Arish by Egyptian police.


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