History of 29 December

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  • 1996 – The Guatemalan government and leaders of the leftist Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord in Guatemala City, ending a civil war that had lasted 36 years.
  • 1997 – Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of ‘bird flu.’
  • 1998 – Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.
  • 1999 – The Nasdaq composite index closed at 4,041.46. It was the first close above 4,000.
  • 2003 – The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.
  • 2006 – The UK settles its Anglo-American loan, post-WWII loan debt.
  • 2012 – A Tupolev Tu-204 airliner crashes in a ditch between the airport fence and the M3 highway after overshooting a runway at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia, killing five people and leaving three others critically injured.
  • 2013 – A suicide bomb attack at the Volgograd-1 railway station in the southern Russian city of Volgograd kills at least 18 people and wounds 40 others.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater and sportscaster
  • 1981 – Shaun Suisham, American football player
  • 1981 – Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko, Estonian footballer
  • 1982 – Alison Brie, American actress and singer
  • 1982 – Brian Hill, Canadian swimmer
  • 1982 – Dale Morris, Australian footballer
  • 1982 – Norbert Siedler, Austrian race car driver
  • 1983 – Jessica Andrews, American singer-songwriter
  • 1983 – James Kelly, Australian footballer
  • 1984 – Brenton Lawrence, Australian rugby league player
  • 1984 – Reimo Tamm, Estonian basketball player
  • 1985 – Alexa Ray Joel, American singer-songwriter
  • 1986 – Joe Anyon, English footballer
  • 1987 – Juliana Huxtable, American artist
  • 1987 – Iain De Caestecker, Scottish actor
  • 1987 – Yuhi Sekiguchi, Japanese race car driver
  • 1988 – Eric Berry, American football player
  • 1988 – Christen Press, American footballer
  • 1988 – Ágnes Szávay, Hungarian tennis player
  • 1989 – Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player
  • 1993 – Travis Head, Australian cricketer
  • 1993 – Gabby May, Canadian artistic gymnast
  • 1995 – Ross Lynch, American singer and actor
  • 1996 – Sana Minatozaki, Japanese singer, member of Twice
  • 1997 – Felix Keisinger, German skeleton racer
  • 2000 – Eliot Vassamillet, Belgian singer