December 29 in history

1170  Thomas Becket: Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

13th-century manuscript illumination, an early depiction of Becket’s assassination.

1721  Madame de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France, was born (d. 1764).

Madame de Pompadour, portrait by François Boucher.

1800 Charles Goodyear, American inventor, was born (d. 1860).

1809 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born  (d. 1898).

1835  The Treaty of New Echota was signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.

1876 The Ashtabula River Railroad bridge disaster left 64 injured and 92 dead at Ashtabula, Ohio.

1880 Tuhiata, or Tuhi, was hanged in Wellington for the murder of the artist Mary Dobie at Te Namu Bay, Opunake. Tuhi wrote to the Governor days before his execution asking that ‘my bad companions, your children, beer, rum and other spirits die with me’.

 Tuhiata hanged for murder of Mary Dobie

1890 United States soldiers kill more than 200 Oglala Lakota men, women, and children with 4 Hotchkiss guns in the Wounded Knee Massacre.

1911  Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.

1911  Mongolia gained independence from the Qing dynasty.

1930  Sir Muhammad Iqbal‘s presidential address in Allahabad introduced the Two-Nation Theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan.

1936  Mary Tyler Moore, American actress was born.

1937  The Irish Free State was replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution.

1939 First flight of the Consolidated B-24.

1940  In The Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe firebombed the city, killing almost 200 civilians.
1941 Birth of Ray Thomas, British musician (The Moody Blues).
1946 Marianne Faithfull, British singer, was born.
1949 KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut became the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
1953 Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, was born.

1972 An Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 (a Lockheed Tristar) crashed on approach to Miami International Airport killing 101.

1975 A bomb exploded at La Guardia Airport in New York City, killing 11 people and injuring 74.

1889 1989 Václav Havel was elected president of Czechoslovakia – the first non-Communist to attain the post in more than four decades.

1996  Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war.

1997 – Hong Kong began to kill all the nation’s 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.

1998 Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologised for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million.

2003 The last known speaker of Akkala Sami – died, rendering the language that was spoken in the Sami villages of A´kkel and Ču´kksuâl, in the inland parts of the Kola Peninsula in Russia extinct.

Sourced from NZ HIstory Online & Wikipedia.

7 Responses to December 29 in history

  1. adam2314 says:

    An interesting point here HP..

    I always learnt of him as Thomas ” A” Becket..
    Emphasis on small A .. Thomas uh !!.. Becket..

    Will have to follow my natural curiousity as to why :-))

    Not your problem I know.. :-))


  2. adam2314 says:

    Further to your todays post..

    That Tuhiata was indeed a wise man. ..

    Vaclav Havel.. A good man.. You have him living 100 years..

    1998.. An apology .. Well that is alright then..

    2003. Sami language extinct.. Is Sami the same as Sumi the language of the Laps.. Maybe Andrie could answer that..

    On the subject of Sumi.. Spoken in parts of Finland/Sweden/Russia ..

    The closest language to the Fin. language .. IS…. Hungarian..


  3. homepaddock says:

    I Googled Thomas A Beckett and found two schools of that name but other references to the man omit the A.

    If Wikipedia ( is to be believed:

    The Sami people, also spelled Sámi or Saami, are the Arctic indigenous people inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway. The Sámi are Europe’s northernmost and the Nordic countries’ only officially indigenous people.[7][clarification needed] Sami ancestral lands span an area of approximately 388,350 km2 (150,000 sq. mi.), which is approximately the size of Sweden, in the Nordic countries. Their traditional languages are the Sami languages and are classified as a branch of the Uralic language family. The Sami languages are endangered.


  4. adam2314 says:

    Thank you for your prompt action HP.

    The spelling has come back to me .. Finlands stamps have/had the word Soumi/ie on them to the best of my memory..

    I am not sad to see that another language has gone..

    Most if not all languages that are being lost have little to offer to other members of this planet ..

    Where as speaking one language offers so much ..

    Are we not all one people ???..

    I have become used to P.I.’s talking between them selves as we work.. and questionj them frequently on it….

    But it is a work in progress.. Their childen and their childrens children will speak the international language of the day..

    Wikipedia ?? A good starting point.. Not Gospel…


  5. homepaddock says:

    Sharing a common language is important for communciation but other languages do have words which better express some things than others do.


  6. adam2314 says:

    Choice !!.. HP :-))


  7. adam2314 says:

    An off the cuff response that i can not stop giggling to myself about….

    Understood by all..


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