Today's Holidays for December 29
Feast Day of St. Thomas Becket He fought with Henry II, King of England over the rights of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral.
Today's History Trivia for December 29
1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Last major battle between U.S. troops and Indians. More than 200 Sioux Indian men, women, and children are killed in South Dakota when a fight breaks out while U.S. Cavalry soldiers were disarming them.
1992 Todd Bridges The actor who played Willis in TV's Diff'rent Strokes is arrested for possession of methamphetamine and a loaded gun. He was sentenced to year in a live-in drug treatment program and five years probation.
1992 Home Alone An Illinois couple is arrested as they arrived home after a nine-day vacation in Acapulco. They had left their two daughters - ages 9 and 4 - home alone during the trip. Police discovered the girls when they called 911 after setting off a smoke detector.
1972 Life magazine The 36-year-old pioneer in photojournalism suspends publication.
1967 First use of the term "Black Hole" to describe a collapsed star, by Prof. John Archibald Wheeler.
1965 James Bond Thunderball premiers in the U.S., 4th in the James Bond series, it starred Sean Connery as 007.
1851 First Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in the U.S. is established, by Thomas V. Sullivan in Boston, Massachusetts.
1845 Texas becomes the 28th state.
Today's Birthdays for December 29
1936 Mary Tyler Moore d. 2017 American actress. Her first TV job was as a dancing pixie in the Hotpoint commercials. Happy Hotpoint Elf TV: The Dick Van Dyke Show (Laura Petrie) and Mary Tyler Moore Show (Mary Richards).
1808 Andrew Johnson d. 1875 17th U.S. President (1865-69) and the 16th U.S. Vice-President (1865). He was almost impeached (1868), with the Senate only one vote short of the required two-thirds majority. The impeachment charges centered around his removal of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.
1956 Patsy Ramsey d. 2006 American beauty pageant winner, Miss West Virginia (1977), mother of child beauty pageant queen and murder victim JonBenét Ramsey.
1947 Ted Danson American Emmy-winning actor. Film: Three Men and a Baby (1987). TV: Cheers (Sam).
1946 Marianne Faithful British singer, actor. Music: As Tears Go By (1964) and Summer Nights (1965).
1938 Jon Voight American Oscar-winning actor. Film: Deliverance (1972) and Coming Home (1978, Oscar).
1934 Ed Flanders d. 1995 American Emmy-winning actor. TV: St. Elsewhere (Dr. Westphall).
1932 Inga Swenson American actress. TV: Bonanza (Hoss' mother Inga) and Benson (Gretchen Krauss).
1920 Viveca Lindfors d. 1995 Swedish Emmy-winning actress. Film: Four in a Jeep (1951) and The Sure Thing (1985). TV: Life Goes On (1990, Won an Emmy for a guest appearance as a dance instructor.).
1915 Jo Van Fleet d. 1996 American Oscar-Tony-winning actress. Theater: The Trip to Bountiful (1954, Tony). Film: East of Eden (1955, Oscar). TV: Cinderella (1965, the wicked Stepmother).
1879 William "Billy" Mitchell d. 1936 American brigadier general. His persistent lobbying for a strong air force was ridiculed by military leaders and led to his being busted to private.
1800 Charles Goodyear d. 1860 American inventor. He patented the process of vulcanization (1844), which made the rubber industry possible.
1766 Charles Macintosh d. 1843 Scottish chemist, invented waterproof fabrics used for raincoats (1823).
Deaths for December 29
1975 Euell Gibbons b. 1911 American naturalist. Proponent of natural diets and eating wild foods, such as lamb's quarters (a type of weed), rose hips, dandelion shoots, stinging nettle, and cattails. Writings: Stalking the Wild Asparagus (1962). He was the spokesman for Post Grape-Nuts.
1170 Saint Thomas Becket b. circa 1118 English ecclesiastic, murdered at the altar by four knights of King Henry II.