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This Day in History: Dec. 29

Rasputin-PD_cr.jpgOn this day (actually, this night) in 1916, Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, a Russian mystic who had acquired great powers over the imperial family and the government, was assassinated by a group of aristocrats.

On this date in 1972, actor Jude Law was born (London, England); he shares a birthday with both Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. president (b. 1808, Raleigh, NC; died 1875) and British prime minister William Gladstone (b. 1809, Liverpool, England; died 1898).

Born This Day

1721: Marquise de Pompadour, influential mistress of Louis XV, king of France (Paris, France; died 1764)
1808: Andrew Johnson, 17th president of the United States (Raleigh, NC; died 1875)
1809: William Gladstone, British prime minister (Liverpool, England; died 1898)
1876: Pablo Casals, cellist (Venrell, Spain; died 1973)
1896: David A. Siqueiros, muralist (Chihuahua, Mexico; died 1974)
1911: Klaus Fuchs, physicist who passed crucial nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union (Russelsheim, Germany; died 1988)
1917: Tom Bradley, Los Angeles mayor (Calvert, TX; died 1998)
1936: Mary Tyler Moore, actress (Brooklyn, NY)
1938: Jon Voight, actor (Yonkers, NY)
1939: H. Wayne Huizenga, entrepreneur/sports executive (Evergreen Park, IL)
1946: Marianne Faithfull, singer (London, England)
1947: Ted Danson, actor (San Diego, CA)
1953: Gelsey Kirkland, ballerina (Bethlehem, PA)
1972: Jude Law, actor (London, England)

This Day in History

1170: English religious leader Thomas à Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in his own cathedral by King Henry's men.
1837: The Caroline, a privately owned American ship, is seized and destroyed by Canadian troops on the American side of the Niagara River off Grand Island, NY, threatening to cause war between the U.S. and Great Britain.
1845: Texas is admitted to the Union as the 28th state.
1851: The YMCA is organized in Boston.
1890: At the Battle of Wounded Knee, SD, the last major conflict between the Indians and U.S. troops, about 200 Indian men, women, and children are killed, along with 29 soldiers.
1895: In southern Africa, British administrator Sir Leander Starr Jameson leads a force of about 500 men in a raid into the Boer-controlled Transvaal, helping to precipitate the Boer War.
1916: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, a Russian mystic who had acquired great powers over the imperial family and the government, is assassinated on the night of December 29-30 by a group of aristocrats.
1940: In World War II, Germany begins dropping incendiary bombs on London.
2002: The party of Kenyan Pres. Daniel arap Moi loses a national presidential election; it has led the country since its independence in 1963.


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