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Today In History - December 29

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Today in History in 1170 Assassination inside Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II; 1862 Confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman at the Battle of Chichasaw Bayou; and in 1967 Star Trek’s “Trouble With Tribbles” first aired.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1170 - Assassination inside Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 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.
  • 1862 - Battle of Chichasaw Bayou: confederate armies defeat General William T. Sherman
  • 1948 - US State Dept announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit
  • 1955 - Barbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
  • 1967 - Star Trek's "Trouble With Tribbles" 1st airs
  • 2007 - Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1709 - Elizabeth of Russia [Elizaveta Petrovna], Kolomenskoye, Moscow, tsarina of Russia (1741-62) and daughter of Peter the Great
  • 1721 - Madame De Pompadour, mistress of French King Louis the 15th
  • 1800 - Charles Goodyear, New Haven Connecticut, American inventor (vulcanization process for rubber)
  • 17th US President Andrew Johnson17th US President Andrew Johnson (1808) 1808 - Andrew Johnson, Raleigh NC, (Unionist), 17th pres (1865-69)
  • 1917 - Tom Bradley, Calvert Texas, American politician (Mayor-D-LA) (1973-1993)
  • 1921 - Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (d. 2006)
  • 1932 - Inga Swenson, Omaha Nebraska, actress (Gretchen-Benson)
  • 1937 - Mary Tyler Moore, Bkln, actress (Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People)

Famous Weddings

  • 1876 - Frederic A Bartholdi (Statue of Liberty sculptor) weds Jeanne-Emilie
  • 1954 - Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (24) weds Joan Archer
  • 1957 - "Steve and Eydie" singer duo Steve Lawrence (22) weds Eydie Gorme (29) at the home of Beldon Katleman in Las Vegas
  • 1984 - MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1984 - MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes
  • 1990 - Olympic gymnist Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
  • 1994 - Billionaire J. Paul Getty Jr marries Victoria Holdsworth on Barbados
  • 1997 - Actress Cate Blanchett (28) weds screenwriter Andrew Upton (31) at Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia
  • 2004 - Former X-Files Gillian Anderson (36) weds former journalist and documentary filmmaker Julian Ozanne (42) on Shella island in Lamu, Kenya
  • 2005 - "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica
  • 2006 - Comedian Jay Mohr (36) weds "Las Vegas" actress Nikki Cox (28) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2012 - "The Glades" actress Kiele Sanchez (36) weds "Friday Night Lights" actor Zach Gilford (31) in Napa Valley, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2003 - Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage
  • 2006 - One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush (24) divorces actor Chad Michael Murray (25) for the reason of fraud after 5 months of marriage
  • 2006 - NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1170 - Thomas Becket, English Archbishop of Canterbury, assassinated by 4 knights of King Henry II at 52
  • 1894 - Christina Rossetti, English poet, dies at 64 in London
  • 1924 - Carl Spitteler, Swiss writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1995 - Lita Grey, second wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies of cancer at 87
  • 1996 - William Thomas Pennar Davies, poet author/theologian, dies at 85

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