On This Day In History, 29 December

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World Events Today

  • HMS Warrior, the 40 gun steam-powered frigate, one of the Royal Navy’s first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships, was launched today in 1860
  • During the Wounded Knee Massacre, also known as the Battle of Wounded Knee, today in 1890, the United States Army killed several hundred Lakota Indians, almost half of them were women and children
  • The leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologized today in 1998, for the 1970s genocide in which about 25% of the population of Cambodia had been killed

Entertainment Events Today

  • The movie Flying Down to Rio, the first screen pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, was released today in 1933
  • Jamaica issued its first Bob Marley postage stamp, to honor the life and achievements of the Jamaican singer, today in 1982
  • The German racing driver Michael Schumacher, suffered a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident today in 2013, his condition remains unclear to this day

Family Events Today

  • The American self-taught chemist Charles Goodyear, developer of vulcanized rubber, was born today in 1800 in Connecticut
  • The legendary Australian cricketer David Boon, was born today in 1960 in Tasmania
  • The English entertainer and comedian Bob Monkhouse, famous for hosting the television shows Celebrity Squares and Family Fortunes, died today in 2003 aged 75

Main Event Today

  • London suffered its most devastating attack of The Blitz today in 1940

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pepper Pot Day

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