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December 29th Today's Highlights in History

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« on: December 31, 2009, 08:02:41 am »

Tuesday, December 29th
The 363rd day of 2009.
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Today's Highlights in History


   
   On Dec. 29, On Dec. 29, 1940, during World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London. (Go to article.)

On Dec. 29, 1808, Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States and the first American president to be impeached, was born. Following his death on July 31, 1875, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
   
   On December 29, 1906, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about President Theodore Roosevelt's appointment of Attorney General William Moody to the U.S. Supreme Court. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1170    Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in England.

1808    Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, was born in Raleigh, N.C.

1809    British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone was born in Liverpool.

1845    Texas was admitted to the union as the 28th state.

1851    The first American Young Men's Christian Association was organized, in Boston.

1890    U.S. troops killed as many as 400 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee, S.D.

1916    Gregory Rasputin, the monk who had wielded powerful influence over the Russian court, was murdered by a group of noblemen.

1934    Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.

1975    A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.

1986    Former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan died at age 92.

1989    Playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia by the country's Federal Assembly, becoming the first non-Communist to hold the post in more than four decades.

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.

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

2007    The New England Patriots became the first NFL team in 35 years to finish the regular season undefeated when they beat the New York Giants 38-35 to go 16-0.

Current Birthdays

Jon Voight turns 71 years old today.

AP Photo/Peter Kramer Actor Jon Voight turns 71 years old today.


92    Clarence Swensen
Actor ("The Wizard of Oz")

77    Inga Swenson
Actress ("Benson")

75    Tom Jarriel
Broadcast journalist

72    Mary Tyler Moore
Actress

69    Ed Bruce
Country singer, actor

68    Ray Thomas
Flutist (The Moody Blues)

63    Marianne Faithfull
Rock singer

62    Ted Danson
Actor ("Cheers," "Becker")

59    Jon Polito
Actor

58    Yvonne Elliman
Singer, actress

50    Paula Poundstone
Comedian

48    Jim Reid
Rock singer, musician (The Jesus and Mary Chain)

46    Sean Payton
Football coach

44    Dexter Holland
Rock singer (The Offspring)

43    Mystro Clark
Actor, comedian

43    Jason Gould
Actor

42    Andy Wachowski
Director ("Matrix" films)

40    Jennifer Ehle
Actress

39    Glen Phillips
Rock musician

39    Kevin Weisman
Actor ("Alias")

37    Jude Law
Actor

35    Mekhi Phifer
Actor ("ER")

34    Shawn Hatosy
Actor

32    Laveranues Coles
Football player

30    Diego Luna
Actor

26    Jessica Andrews
Country singer

Historic Birthdays

Andrew Johnson

12/29/1808 - 7/31/1875
17th President of the United States (1865-69)
(Go to obit.)

75    William Gaddis
12/29/1922 - 12/16/1998
American novelist

76    Klaus Fuchs
12/29/1911 - 1/28/1988
German-born American physicist and spy

86    Jess Willard
12/29/1881 - 12/15/1968
American prizefighter

56    William Mitchell
12/29/1879 - 2/19/1936
U.S. Army officer and early advocate of a separate air force

96    Pablo Casals
12/29/1876 - 10/22/1973
Spanish cellist and conductor

88    William Gladstone
12/29/1809 - 5/19/1898
English statesman and four-time prime minister (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94)

59    Charles Goodyear
12/29/1800 - 7/1/1860
American inventor; pioneered commercial use of rubber

76    Charles Macintosh
12/29/1766 - 7/25/1843
Scottish chemist and inventor

42    Jeanne-Antoinette Pompadour
12/29/1721 - 4/15/1764
French mistress of Louis XV


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