On This Day in History, December 29

The festive season is still with us. Are you looking for some fun and different activities to engage in with your family and friends?

Here are some of the historical activities that took place, in history, on December 29.

  • 1808 – Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States, was born.
  • 1848 – U.S. President James Polk turned on the first gaslight at the White House.
  • 1911 – Mongolian attained its Independence.
  • 1911 – Sun Yat-sen became the first president of a Republican China.
  • 1934Japan renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
  • 1937Ireland was established.
  • 1940 – During World War II, Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London.
  • 1948Canada recognized Israel.
  • 1948 – US State Department announced work on placing objects into Earth orbit.
  • 1949Hungary nationalized its industries.
  • 1952 – The first transistorized hearing aid was offered for sale by Sonotone Corporation.
  • 1983 – The U.S. formally notified UNESCO that it would withdraw from the organization on the Jan 1, 1985.
  • 1984 – Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi claimed victory in parliamentary elections.
  • 1989 – Václav Havel was selected to be president of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1994 – Bangladesh government of Zia resigned.
  • 1997 – Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of ‘bird flu.’
  • 1997Russia signed an agreement to build a $3B nuclear power plant in China.
  • 1998Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.
  • 2015 – Ebola epidemic in Guinea, declared over by WHO, claimed 2,500 lives.
  • 2016 – US President Barack Obama retaliated against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the 2016 presidential election.


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