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Saturday 29 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Statehood Day (Texas, 1845)
  • The fourth day of Kwanzaa (United States)

Events

  • 2006 – UK settles its Anglo-American loan, post-WWII loan debt.
  • 1989 – Czech writer, philosopher and dissident Václav Havel is elected the first post-communist President of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, Connecticut becomes the first Ultra high frequency (UHF) television station to operate a daily schedule.
  • 1916 – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, was first published as a book by an American publishing house B. W. Huebschis after it had been serialized in The Egoist (1914–15).
  • 1890 – Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the United States 7th Cavalry Regiment.
  • 1874 – The military coup of Gen. Martinez Campos in Sagunto ends the failed First Spanish Republic and Prince Alfonso is proclaimed King of Spain.
  • 1851 – The first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1845 – In accordance with International Boundary delimitation, the United States annexes the Republic of Texas, following the manifest destiny doctrine. The Republic of Texas, which had been independent since the Texas Revolution of 1836, is thereupon admitted as the 28th U.S. state.
  • 1835 – The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: Three thousand British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell capture Savannah, Georgia.

Births

  • 1988 – Christen Press, American footballer
  • 1988 – Eric Berry, American football player
  • 1983 – Jessica Andrews, American singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Alison Brie, American actress and singer
  • 1981 – Shaun Suisham, American football player
  • 1977 – Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Danny McBride, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1975 – Jaret Wright, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Shawn Hatosy, American actor
  • 1974 – Mekhi Phifer, American actor and producer
  • 1974 – Richie Sexson, American baseball player and coach
  • 1973 – Theo Epstein, American businessman
  • 1969 – Jennifer Ehle, American actress
  • 1967 – Ashleigh Banfield, Canadian-American journalist
  • 1967 – Evan Seinfeld, American bass player, actor, and director
  • 1965 – Dexter Holland, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1964 – Michael Cudlitz, American actor
  • 1963 – Sean Payton, American football player and coach
  • 1962 – Devon White, Jamaican-American baseball player
  • 1961 – Kevin Granata, American engineer and academic (d. 2007)
  • 1960 – Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, Congolese militia leader, founded the Union of Congolese Patriots
  • 1959 – Patricia Clarkson, American actress
  • 1959 – Paula Poundstone, American comedian and author
  • 1958 – Nancy J. Currie, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut
  • 1957 – Brad Grey, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1957 – Paul Rudnick, American author, playwright, and screenwriter
  • 1956 – Katy Munger, American writer
  • 1953 – Charlayne Woodard, American actress and playwright
  • 1953 – Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower and coach
  • 1953 – Stanley Williams, American gang leader, co-founded the Crips (d. 2005)
  • 1952 – Gelsey Kirkland, American ballerina and choreographer
  • 1948 – Peter Robinson, Northern Irish politician, 3rd First Minister of Northern Ireland
  • 1947 – Richard Crandall, American physicist and computer scientist (d. 2012)
  • 1947 – Ted Danson, American actor and producer
  • 1943 – Bill Aucoin, American talent manager (d. 2010)
  • 1943 – Molly Bang, American author and illustrator
  • 1939 – Ed Bruce, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1938 – Jon Voight, American actor and producer
  • 1937 – Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, founded AutoNation
  • 1936 – Mary Tyler Moore, American actress and producer (d. 2017)
  • 1936 – Ray Nitschke, American football player (d. 1998)
  • 1934 – Ed Flanders, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1932 – Inga Swenson, American actress and singer
  • 1929 – Matt Murphy, American guitarist
  • 1927 – Andy Stanfield, American sprinter (d. 1985)
  • 1925 – Pete Dye, American golfer and architect
  • 1924 – Joe Allbritton, American businessman and publisher, founded the Allbritton Communications Company (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – Dina Merrill, American actress, game show panelist, socialite, heiress, and businesswoman (d. 2017)
  • 1923 – Morton Estrin, American pianist and educator
  • 1922 – Little Joe Cook, American singer-songwriter (d. 2014)
  • 1922 – William Gaddis, American author and academic (d. 1998)
  • 1920 – Viveca Lindfors, Swedish-American actress, singer and poet (d. 1995)
  • 1919 – Alfred de Grazia, American political scientist and author (d. 2014)
  • 1917 – Tom Bradley, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 38th Mayor of Los Angeles (d. 1998)
  • 1915 – Bill Osmanski, American football player and coach (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Jo Van Fleet, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1915 – Robert Ruark, American hunter and author (d. 1965)
  • 1914 – Billy Tipton, American pianist and saxophonist (d. 1989)
  • 1910 – Ronald Coase, English-American economist, author, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)
  • 1881 – Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1879 – Billy Mitchell, American general and pilot (d. 1936)
  • 1844 – Womesh Chunder Bonnerjee, Indian barrister and was the first president of Indian National Congress. (d. 1906)
  • 1808 – Andrew Johnson, American general and politician, 17th President of the United States (d. 1875)
  • 1800 – Charles Goodyear, American chemist and engineer (d. 1860)
  • 1766 – Charles Macintosh, Scottish chemist and the inventor of waterproof fabric (d. 1843)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Keion Carpenter, American football defensive back (b. 1977)
  • 2016 – LaVell Edwards, American football head coach (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Benjamin Curtis, American guitarist, drummer, and songwriter (b. 1978)
  • 2013 – C. T. Hsia, Chinese-American critic and scholar (b. 1921)
  • 2013 – Connie Dierking, American basketball player (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Paul Sally, American mathematician and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Bruce Stark, American cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • 2012 – Edward Meneeley, American painter and sculptor (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Steven Williams, American professional wrestler (b. 1960)
  • 2008 – Freddie Hubbard, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1938)
  • 2004 – Julius Axelrod, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1912)
  • 2004 – Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (b. 1915)
  • 2000 – Adele Stimmel Chase, American sculptor and painter (b. 1917)
  • 1972 – Joseph Cornell, American sculptor and director (b. 1903)
  • 1970 – Marie Menken, American director and painter (b. 1909)
  • 1967 – Paul Whiteman, American violinist, composer, and conductor (b. 1890)
  • 1952 – Fletcher Henderson, American pianist, composer, and bandleader (b. 1897)
  • 1949 – Tyler Dennett, American historian and author (b. 1883)
  • 1937 – Don Marquis, American journalist, author, and playwright (b. 1878)
  • 1929 – Wilhelm Maybach, German engineer and businessman, founded Maybach (b. 1846)
  • 1897 – William James Linton, English-American painter, author, and activist (b. 1812)
  • 1890 – Spotted Elk, American tribal leader (b. 1826)
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