| On a 29 December:
1999 The Nasdaq composite index closed above 4000 for the first time, ending the day at 4041.46.
1998 Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed one million lives.
1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu.
1996 War-weary guerrilla and government leaders in Guatemala signed an accord ending 36 years of civil conflict.
1994 Bangladesh govt of Zia resigns
1992 a suburban Chicago couple returned from a nine-day Mexican vacation and were arrested for leaving their young daughters home alone. The couple later gave their children up for adoption.
1989 Vaclav Havel becomes president of Czechoslovakia
1984 Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi claims victory in parliamentary elections
1983 US announced withdrawal from UNESCO
1981 President Ronald Reagan curtails Soviet trade in reprisal for its hash policies on Poland.
1978 Shah of Iran, asks Shapour Bahktiar to form a civilian government
1967 Turkish-Cypriot government forms in Cyprus
1966 Student-body presidents from 100 US colleges and universities sign an open letter to President Lyndon B. Johnson expressing anxiety and doubt over US involvement in Vietnam. They warn that many youths might prefer prison to participation in the war. Johnson did not respond.
1948 Tito declares that Yugoslavia will follow its own path to Communism. .
1947 Ship carrying Jewish immigrants chased away from Palestine
1944 Belgian nazi Léon Degrelle at default sentenced to death.
1940 Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London (WW II)
1940 In a radio interview, President Roosevelt proclaims the United States to be the "arsenal of democracy.
1937 Pan Am starts San Francisco-to-Auckland, New Zealand service
1937 2nd Irish constitution goes into effect; Irish Free State
1934 Japan formally denounces Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and London Naval Treaty of 1930.
1952 Sonotone Corporation offered the first transistorized hearing aid for sale.
1931 Identification of heavy water is publicly announced by Harold Clayton Urey (18931981)
1930 Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (2939 km), in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans
1929 Police arrest Sukarno & 100s PNI-leaders
1926 Vatican puts French fascist Charles Maurras' work on the index
1921 William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Canadian PM
1921 Sears Roebuck president Julius Rosenwald pledges $20 million of his personal fortune to help Sears through hard times.
1920 Yugoslav govt bans communist party
1914 The publication of Belgian newspapers is halted to protest German censorship.
1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad & Ubangi-Shari In 1903, in Middle-Congo
1891 Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically"(radio)
1867 1st telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, New York
1862 Union General William T. Sherman's troops try to gain the north side of Vicksburg in the Battle of Chicksaw Bayou, Mississippi .
1852 Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants
1851 1st Young Men's Christian Association chapter opened (Boston)
1848 US President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House.
1813 British burn Buffalo, New York during the War of 1812
1778 British troops, attempting a new strategy to defeat the colonials in America, capture Savannah.
1607 Indian chief Powhatan spares John Smith's life after the pleas of his daughter Pocahontas.
1558 Charles V, German emperor, buried
1223 Pope Honorius III approves the Franciscan religious order. Properly called the Order of the Friars Minor, this Catholic order was founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi.
| Deaths which occurred on this
2001 Some 600 persons in fire in downtown Lima, Peru, started by fireworks explosion in dozens of street stands, started by a fireworks seller lighting a large firecracker to show a customer, near the crowded shopping area.
2000 Laura Dzhabrailova, 24, Tamila Dzhabrailova, 27, sisters, executed in the Urus-Martan district by the Chechen Resistance, for treason (working for the local puppet admistration set up by the Russian aggressors).
2000 Wahidin bin Engkos, of injuries he suffered in a blast at a makeshift bomb factory in Bandung, Indonesia, which instantly killed another 3 persons. It is suspected that its bombs were used in the series of bombings targeting Christian churches in nine cities across Indonesia, killing 15 persons on Christmas eve, plus one teen-age boy who died in East Java province from injuries on 001228.
1992 Two Austrian tourists; by a bomb in a hotel in Aden, Yemen, where US troops had been staying while en route to a humanitarian mission in Somalia. The US soldiers had already left. Two Yemeni Muslim militants, trained in Afghanistan and injured in the blast, are later arrested. US intelligence agencies allege that this was the first terrorist attack involving Osama bin Laden and his associates
1986 Harold Macmillan, 92, former British Prime Minister, in Sussex, England
1975 Eleven persons, by bomb exploding in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport.
1972 Joseph Cornell, US artist born in 1903. MORE ON CORNELL AT ART 4 DECEMBER LINKS Untitled (Sitting Angel) Untitled (How To Make a Rainbow) Untitled (Hotel du Nord) Untitled (Bébé Marie)
1972 Life magazine ceases publication
1941 Levi-Civita, mathematician.
| 1908 Herman Gustaf Sillen, Swedish artist born on 20 May 1857.
1891 Leopold Kronecker, 68, mathematician who limited his achievements and made himself obnoxious by insisting that nothing exists in mathematics except what can be constructed with a finite number of operation from the integers, an opinion which he expounded in Über den Zahlbergriff (1887).
| 1881 Ludwig Hermann van Hoom, German artist born in April 1812.
[Hoom, sweet Hoom?]
1737 Saurin, mathematician.
1731 Brook Taylor, mathematician.
1661 Frans de Hulst, Flemish artist born in 1610.
1633 Cornelis Claeszoon van Wieringen, Dutch painter specialized in seascapes, born in 1580 he first was a sailor. MORE ON VAN WIERINGEN AT ART 4 DECEMBER LINKS The Explosion of the Spanish Flagship during the Battle of Gibraltar Capture of Damiate Landscape with hermits
1616 Hendrik Goltzius, Dutch artist born in February 1558. MORE ON GOLTZIUS AT ART 4 DECEMBER LINKS Funeral procession of William of Orange Lot and his Daughters Monkey on a chain, seated The Giant Hercules Venus between Ceres and Bacchus Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus would Freeze _ This proverb is taken from Eunuchus, a comedy by Terence Portrait of Sculptor Giambologna Spring Autumn Job in Distress
| Births which occurred on this date:
1952 First transistorized hearing aid goes on sale, by the Sonotone Corporation, in Elmsford NY. The 8-cm-long device weighs about 100 grams. The first hearing aid (other than an ear trumpet) was the Audiophone, a device held against the teeth, which was patented in 1879. An electric hearing aid was produced in 1901.
1922 William Gaddis, US novelist who died on 16 December 1998.
1917 Tom Bradley (Mayor-D-LA) (1973- )
1911 Klaus Fuchs, German-born US physicist and spy, who died on 28 January 1988.
1908 Four-wheel braking system is patented by Otto Zachow and William Besserdich of Clintonville, Wisconsin. It is the prototype of all modern braking systems.
1896 David Alfaro Siqueiros Mexico, painter/muralist (Lib of Chile)
1876 Pablo Casals, Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain, cellist/conductor/composer.
1868 Ludwig Ferdinand Graf, German artist who died in 1932.
1861 Kurt Hensel, mathematician.
1859 Venustiano Carranza President of Mexico (1915-20).
1859 Elizabeth Adela (Amstrong, Stanhope, Alexander) Forbes, British artist who died on 22 March 1912. LINKS
1856 Thomas J. Stieltjes, mathematician (Stieltjes integral)
1851 The first US Young Men's Christian Association is organized, in Boston.
1841 Alexander Carlovich Beggrow, Russian artist who died in 1914.
1838 Raffaello Sernesi, Italian artist who died on 11 August 1866.
1834 Auguste Louis Veillon, Swiss artist who died on 05 January 1890.
1809 William Ewart Gladstone (Lib) British prime minister four times (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94). He died on 19 May 1898.
1808 Andrew Johnson [< photo], Raleigh NC, (Unionist), 17th President (1865-69) succeeded Lincoln after the 15 April 1865 assassination. First American president to be impeached. He died on 31 July 1875.
1759 Julius-César Ibbetson, British painter who died on 13 October 1817. LINKS Going to Market (1785) Returning from Market (1785)
1721 Jeanne Poisson Marquise de Pompadour, influential mistress of Louis XV, who was later blamed for France's defeat in the Seven Years' War. She died on 15 April 1764.
1695 Jean-Baptiste Joseph Pater, French painter who died on 25 July 1736. . MORE ON PATER AT ART 4 DECEMBER LINKS The Offer of Flowers (Springtime) Fête Champêtre another Fête Champètre (15x20cm) Concert Champêtre The Chinese Hunt