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29th December


1170 Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered at Canterbury Cathedral by four knights acting under the orders of Henry II.

1766 * Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and inventor of waterproof clothing material.

1800 * Charles Goodyear, US inventor of vulcanized rubber.

1890 The last major battle of the Indian Wars, at Wounded Knee Creek, took place with hundreds of Indians massacred.

1911 Sun Yat-sen became the first president of a republican China following the revolution.

1918 The Sunday Express newspaper was published for the first time.

1937 * Mary Tyler Moore, US actress who starred in her own television show.

1937 The Irish Republic changed its name to Eire as a new constitution was implemented.

1938 * Jon Voight, US actor who starred in the film Midnight Cowboy (1969).

1951 The first transistor hearing aid went on sale in the US.

1975 Radical new legislation introducing a woman's right to equal pay and status came into force in the UK.

1984 Rajiv Gandhi won a massive victory for his assassinated mother's Congress Party in the Indian general election.

1986 Lord Stockton, the former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, dies at the age of 92.

1989 Vaclav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia.

1998 Six people were killed when mountainous seas smashed into yachts taking part in the prestigious Sydney to Hobart race.

2000 Freezing Britain ground to a halt when blanket of snow descended on the country as Arctic conditions disrupt travel.


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