December 29


1845 – President James Polk signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.

1848 – President James Polk turned on the first gas light at the White House.

1851 – The first American YMCA opened in Boston, MA.

1862 – The bowling ball was invented.

1890 – The Seventh Cavalry massacred over 400 men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, SD. This was the last major conflict between Indians and U.S. troops.

1891 – Thomas Edison patented the radio.

1937 – Babe Ruth returned to baseball as the new manager of the Class D, De Land Reds of the Florida State League. Ruth had retired from baseball in 1935.

1945 – Sheb Wooley recorded the first commercial record made in Nashville, TN.

1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, CT, became the first ultrahigh frequency (UHF) television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule.

1952 – Sonotone Corporation began selling the first transistorized hearing aid.

1966 – The Beatles started recording “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios.

1972 – The last weekly issue of “LIFE” magazine hit the newsstands following 36 years of publication. The magazine later became a monthly publication.

1975 – A bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York’s LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people and injuring 74.

1994 – Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes pleaded guilty to arson charges for setting fire to and destroying boyfriend Andre Rison’s $1 million mansion in Atlanta, GA.

1999 – The Nasdaq composite index closed at 4,041.46. It was the first close above 4,000.

2010 – The NFL fined Brett Favre $50,000 for “failing to cooperate” with the investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and lewd photos to former New York Jets game-day hostess Jenn Sterger. The league said Commissioner Roger Goodell “could not conclude” that Favre violated the league’s personal conduct policy based on the evidence that was available to him.



Inga Swenson 1932 – Actress (TV’s “Benson”)

Tom Jarriel 1934 – Broadcast journalist (ABC News)

Jon Voight 1938 – Actor (“Coming Home”, “Midnight Cowboy”, “Runaway Train”, “Ali”)

Ed Bruce 1939 – Country singer (“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”)

Bobby Comstock 1941 – Singer (“Tennessee Waltz”)

Ray Thomas 1941 – Musician (The Moody Blues)

Marianne Faithfull 1946 – Singer (“As Tears Go By”)

Ted Danson 1947 – Actor (TV’s “Cheers”, “Damages”, “Becker”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Help Me Help You”, “Ink”, “Bored to Death”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”)

Yvonne Elliman 1951 – Singer (Jesus Christ Superstar, “If I Can’t Have You”)

Patricia Clarkson 1959 – Actress (“The Station Agent”, “The Green Mile”, “Far from Heaven”, “High Art”, “Dogville”, “Good Night, and Good Luck”, “Easy A”, “Cairo Time”, “Pieces of April”, TV’s “Six Feet Under”)

Paula Poundstone 1959 – Comedian, NPR radio personality

Michael Cudlitz 1964 – Actor (TV’s “The Walking Dead”)

Mystro Clark 1966 – TV host (TV’s “Soul Train”)

Jason Gould 1966 – Actor (“Say Anything…”, “The Prince of Tides”)

Jennifer Ehle 1969- Actress (“Fifty Shades of Grey”, “Zero Dark Thirty”, “Contagion”, “The King’s Speech”)

Glen Phillips 1970 – Musician (Toad the Wet Sprocket)

Jude Law 1972 – Actor (“Sherlock Holmes” movies, “Cold Mountain”, “Alfie”, “Hugo”, “Side Effects”, “Closer”, “Road to Perdition”)

Mekhi Phifer 1974 – Actor (TV’s “ER”, “Lie to Me”, movies “8 Mile”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “O”, “Soul Food”, “Shaft”, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”)

Shawn Hatosy 1975 – Actor (TV’s “Southland”, movies “Alpha Dog”, “John Q”, “The Faculty”, “The Cooler”, “Bad Lieutenant”)

Diego Luna 1979 – Actor (“The Terminal”, “Elysium”, “Milk”, “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”, “Rogue One”)

LaToya London 1978 – Singer (Finished fourth on “American Idol: Season 3”)



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