Today in History, December 29th

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, December 29th!

1170 Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of Henry II.

Thomas Becket

Thomas Becket

1607 Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith’s life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas.
1778 British troops, attempting a new strategy to defeat the colonials in America, capture Savannah.
1808 Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, was born in Raleigh, N.C.
1845 Texas was admitted to the union as the 28th state.
1849 Gas lighting is installed in the White House.
1851 The first American Young Men’s Christian Association was organized, in Boston.
1862 Union General William T. Sherman’s troops try to gain the north side of Vicksburg in the Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs.
1890 The last major conflict of the Indian wars takes place at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota after Colonel James W. Forsyth of the 7th Cavalry tries to disarm Chief Big Foot and his followers.
1914 The production of Belgian newspapers is halted to protest German censorship.
1916 Grigori Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.
1921 Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald pledges $20 million of his personal fortune to help Sears through hard times.

Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald

1926 Germany and Italy sign an arbitration treaty.
1934 Japan formally denounces Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.
1940 In a radio interview, President Roosevelt proclaims the United States to be the “arsenal of democracy.”
1940 London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans firebomb the city on the evening of December 29.
1948 Tito declares Yugoslavia will follow its own path to Communism.
1956 President Dwight Eisenhower asks Congress for the authority to oppose Soviet aggression in the Middle East.
1965 A Christmas truce is observed in Vietnam, while President Johnson tries to get the North Vietnamese to the bargaining table.
1981 President Ronald Reagan curtails Soviet trade in reprisal for its hash policies on Poland.
1996 War-weary guerrilla and government leaders in Guatemala signed an accord ending 36 years of civil conflict.
1998 Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.

Khmer Rouge soldiers

Khmer Rouge soldiers

1999 The Nasdaq composite index closed above 4,000 for the first time, ending the day at 4,041.46.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG Historynet.com, and HistoryOrb.com.

Author: Today in History

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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