Huge 40ft waves during the 630 nautical mile (1167km) race from Sydney Harbour to Hobart on Tasmania has decimated the fleet of yachts taking part leaving at least six missing feared dead . Find More What happened in 1998
1904 : The area of Ireland where the battle of the Boyne had been fought was up for sale to whoever had the cash. It lay on the east coast of Ireland three miles from Drogheda. The battle was fought on July 1st, 1699 and Ireland under James II was defeated by William III of England.
Germany began dropping incendiary bombs on London causing Hundreds of fires throughout the city with Londoners filling the subway stations and underground shelters until the all clear sometime after midnight.
In New Orleans a Mrs. Premos was putting together a turkey dinner for Christmas when she found a diamond in the neck of the turkey. The gem was worth thousands of dollars.
Battle between government and socialist erupted in Austria. Government forces prevailed and socialist trade unions were quelled.
Rev. Michael Guthrie Scott, who lived in South Africa, besieged the United Nations for justice regarding 30,000 Hereo blacks who had their land and rights taken away. Rev. Scott got sympathy from the U.N., but did not get any concrete action on behalf of the Hereos.
Communists in southern India were gaining popularity while Prime Minister Nehru was clinging to power. Congress almost lost control of Travancore-Cochin state but backed the socialist party to maintain control over 10 million Indians. In the end congress withdrew support for the socialists.
Aspirations that the wall between East and West Germany might come down had been dashed. East Germany was constructing a new fence with strong steel attached to pillars of concrete. Both sides of Germany were expected to join the United Nations, but would be on the opposite side of issues.
The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts comes into force which will prevent women being paid less than their male counterparts for doing the same job.
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Born: December 29, 1808, Raleigh, North Carolina
Died: July 31, 1875, Elizabethton, Tennessee
Known For : Andrew Johnson was Abraham Lincoln’s vice president and assumed the US presidency after Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Johnson was the first US president to face the process of impeachment but was acquitted by the Senate. He left office in 1869. He is ranked as one of the worst due to poor leadership during the Reconstruction era. He was the first former president to become a US Senator after he left office.
Mary Tyler Moore
Born: 29th December 1936 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Known For : Mary Tyler Moore best known for her time starring as Mary Richards in the Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977) and her role as Dick Van Dyke's wife on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966). I wonder how many also remember her role in 1969 when she starred opposite Elvis Presley as a nun in "Change of Habit" and Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People which won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama.
Born: 29th December 1947 San Diego, California, U.S.
Known For : Ted Danson best known for the bar owner Sam Malone from the TV series Cheers which ran from 1982 - 1993, he also starred as Dr John Becker in the in the sucessful TV series "Becker" from 1998 - 2004. In addition to his TV shows he has been in a number of well known movies including Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady and Saving Private Ryan. His awards include Two Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series ( Cheers 1990 and 1993 ) .
1975 : A terrorist bomb is exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people.
Rajiv Gandhi the son of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi wins landslide election victory
Cardinal Miguel Obanda and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega were to meet and negotiate a possible truce between American backed Contra insurgents and Ortega's Sandinista government.
Khmer Rouge leaders who had ruled from 1975 to 1979 under the leadership of Pol Pot, apologized for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed 1 million lives.
Prime Minister Ehud Barak was fighting to keep his coalition government together. The Shas party made up of ultra-orthodox Jews represented a sizeable part of the government and demanded millions of dollars for their scandal-rocked private schools.
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Severe weather including widespread snow and arctic cold conditions wreaks havoc on roads, rail and air services across the UK.
In Denmark there existed a different tradition that the people celebrate at New Years. They throw dishes at the houses of their friends. All year the old dishes are collected for this occasion. If you have a lot of broken dishes by your house you have a lot of friends.
A 55-year-old Sumatran orangutan, thought to be the world's oldest in captivity or in the wild, has died at a zoo in the US. Nonja, who had been resident at the Miami Metro Zoo since 1983, was found by her keepers on Saturday morning. Experts said a brain tumour or aneurysm was the likely cause of death. 'She was a grande dame and I think she knew it,' said one of the zoo officials, adding that most orangutans died before reaching their mid-40s.
29th December, 2011 : Russian authorities discovered a large amount of a rare caviar being stored in a morgue in St. Petersburg. A business man and morgue attendant were arrested over the incident but claimed that the caviar was being kept for a personal new year's celebration.
The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador began erupting, forcing thousands of people to evacuate the area as smoke and ash billowed into the air. Shelters were being made to accommodate the 5,000 people thought to live within the evacuation area.
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