The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Today is Sun­day, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2019. There are two days left in the year.

Today’s High­light in History:

On Dec. 29, 1845, Texas was ad­mit­ted as the 28th state. On this date: In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, was slain in Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

In 1812, dur­ing the War of 1812, the Amer­i­can frigate USS Con­sti­tu­tion en­gaged and se­verely dam­aged the Bri­tish frigate HMS Java off Brazil.

In 1890, the Wounded Knee mas­sacre took place in South Dakota as an es­ti­mated 300 Sioux In­di­ans were killed by U.S. troops sent to dis­arm them.

In 1939, “The Hunch­back of Notre Dame,” star­ring Charles Laughton and Mau­reen O’Hara, was re­leased by RKO Ra­dio Pic­tures.

In 1940, dur­ing World War II, Ger­many dropped in­cen­di­ary bombs on Lon­don, set­ting off what came to be known as “The Sec­ond Great Fire of Lon­don.”

In 1972, Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lock­heed L-1011 Tris­tar, crashed into the Florida Ever­glades near Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port, killing 101 of the 176 peo­ple aboard.

In 1975, a bomb ex­ploded in the main ter­mi­nal of New York’s LaGuardia Air­port, killing 11 peo­ple (it’s never been de­ter­mined who was re­spon­si­ble).

In 1978, dur­ing the Ga­tor Bowl, Ohio State Univer­sity coach Woody Hayes punched Clem­son player Char­lie Bau­man, who’d in­ter­cepted an Ohio State pass. (Hayes was fired by Ohio State the next day.)

In 1986, for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Harold Macmil­lan died in Sus­sex, Eng­land, at age 92.

In 1989, dis­si­dent and play­wright Va­clav Havel (VAHTS’-lahv HAH’-vel) as­sumed the pres­i­dency of Cze­choslo­vakia.

In 1992, the United States and Rus­sia an­nounced agree­ment on a nu­clear arms re­duc­tion treaty.

In 2006, word reached the United States of the ex­e­cu­tion of for­mer Iraqi leader Sad­dam Hus­sein (be­cause of the time dif­fer­ence, it was the morn­ing of Dec. 30 in Iraq when the hang­ing took place). In a state­ment, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush called Sad­dam’s ex­e­cu­tion an im­por­tant mile­stone on Iraq’s road to democ­racy.

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