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On December 29th, 1851, the first American Young
Men's Christian Association was organized, in
In 1170, Archbishop Thomas
Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in
In 1808, the 17th
president of the United States, Andrew
Johnson, was born in Raleigh, North
In 1813, the
British burned Buffalo, New York, during the War
In 1845, Texas was
admitted as the 28th state.
In 1890, the
Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota
as some 300 Sioux Indians were killed by US
troops sent to disarm them.
In 1934, Japan
renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and
the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
In 1940, during
World War Two, Germany began dropping incendiary
bombs on London.
In 1957, singers
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married in
Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 1975, a bomb
exploded in the main terminal of New York's
LaGuardia Airport, killing eleven people.
In 1996, war-weary
guerrilla and government leaders in Guatemala
signed an accord ending 36 years of civil
Ten years ago:
Playwright Vaclav Havel was elected president of
Czechoslovakia by the country's Federal Assembly,
becoming the first non-Communist to attain the
post in more than four decades.
Five years ago: US
officials confirmed the release of US Army
helicopter pilot Bobby Hall from North Korean
custody (due to the time difference, it was
December 30th in Korea when Hall crossed the
demilitarized zone to freedom).
One year ago: Two
top Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the deaths
of as many as two million people during their
regime in the 1970s, and asked Cambodians to
forget the past.
"Sin cannot be
undone, only forgiven."
Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born composer