December 29 in history

December 29 events chronologically

1170 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church
1427 Army of Ming Dynasty started withdrawing from Hanoi, put an end to the domination of Đại Việt
1508 Portuguese forces under the command of Francisco de Almeida attack Khambhat at the Battle of Dabul
1778 American Revolutionary War: 3,000 British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia
1786 French Revolution: The Assembly of Notables is convened
1812 The USS Constitution under the command of Captain William Bainbridge, captures the HMS Java off the coast of Brazil after a three hour battle
1835 The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States

Top 7 most famous people born on December 29

1709 Elizabeth of Russia the Empress of Russia from 1741 until her death. She led the country into the two major European conflicts of her time: the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years' War. On the eve of her death, Russia spanned almost 6,250,000 square miles
1808 Andrew Johnson the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was Vice President at the time of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded. The new president favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves, and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. The first American president to be impeached, he was acquitted in the Senate by one vote
1809 William Ewart Gladstone a British Liberal politician. In a career lasting over sixty years, he served as Prime Minister four separate times , more than any other person, and served as Chancellor of the Exchequer four times. Gladstone was also Britain's oldest Prime Minister; he resigned for the final time when he was 84 years old
1910 Ronald Coase a British economist and author. He was for much of his life the Clifton Musser Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Chicago Law School, but was famed for his work done at the University at Buffalo. After studying with the University of London External Programme in 1927–29, Coase entered the London School of Economics, where he took courses with Arnold Plant. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1991
1938 Jon Voight an American actor. He has won one Academy Award, out of four nominations, and four Golden Globe Awards, out of ten nominations. Voight is the father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven
1942 Rajesh Khanna an Indian actor, film producer and politician. He is referred to as the "first superstar" and the "original superstar" of Indian cinema. He starred in 17 consecutive solo hit films in the period 1969 to 1972. In 1973, BBC made a film on him, titled Bombay Superstar. Khanna is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Hindi cinema
1972 Jude Law an English actor, film producer and director.

Top 7 most famous people died on December 29

1170 Thomas Becket Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III
1825 Jacques-Louis David an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, heightened feeling harmonizing with the moral climate of the final years of the Ancien Régime
1834 Thomas Robert Malthus an English cleric and scholar, influential in the fields of political economy and demography. Malthus himself used only his middle name Robert
1924 Carl Spitteler a Swiss poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919 "in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring". His work includes both pessimistic and heroic poems
1926 Rainer Maria Rilke a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets", writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry, and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers
1986 Harold Macmillan a British Conservative politician and statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 January 1957 to 18 October 1963.
1986 Andrei Tarkovsky a Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director.