December 29 in Pop Culture History

29December 29 in Pop Culture History

1170 – Archbishop Thomas Becket was assassinated in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights, under orders from King Henry II of England.

1851 – The first American YMCA (Young Men’s Christian association) opened in Boston, Massachusetts.

1890 – The US Cavalry killed 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.

1896 – “Lava” soap was trademarked by William Waltke & Co. of St. Louis, Missouri.

1916 – James Joyce’s book Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was published.

1927 – Krakatoa began a volcanic eruption on the seafloor. It had been quiet since its 1883 eruption.

1951 – #1 Hit December 29, 1951 – March 14, 1952: Johnnie Ray and The Four LadsCry

1952 – The first transistor hearing aid went on sale, the model 1010, manufactured by the Sonotone Corporation

1959 – Physicist Richard Feynman gave a speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” which brought in the concept on nanotechnology.

1973 – #1 Hit December 29, 1973 – January 11, 1974: Jim CroceTime in a Bottle

1982 – Surround Sound was introduced for home use by Dolby.

1995 – Mr. Holland’s Opus, Dead Man Walking and 12 Monkeys were released in theaters.

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