Are you an inquisitive person who enjoys learning? If you’ve read my blog, you know one of the pastimes I enjoy is discovering new facts and interesting pieces of history.
I like to share intriguing stories from our local newspaper the San Jose Mercury News, as well as my favorite print and online magazines Mental Floss, the National Geographic Society or Smithsonian Magazine. Other times I find articles or facts online at The History Place, Brainy History,or Dates In History. These events for today’s blog post are culled from History Orb.
While these interesting items are intriguing, they have nothing to do with my real estate business, helping people like you buy and sell homes in Santa Clara County, Calif. and beyond. I admit, learning this strange but true events just adds fun and fascination to life.
Here are today’s 10 strange but true events that happened in history on December 29. I hope you find them interesting, too.
10 Strange but True Events That Occurred on December 29
1170 – The Assassination inside the Canterbury Cathedral of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury by followers of King Henry II. Thomas Becket subsequently became a saint and martyr in both the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church (St. Thomas of Canterbury).
1852 - Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston, Mass. for the crime of wearing pants.
1862 - The first bowling ball was invented.
1867 – The first telegraph ticker was used by brokerage Groesbeck & Co, in New York City, NY.
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler patents the first bicycle in Germany.
1891 – Thomas Alva Edison patents the "transmission of signals electrically" (AKA radio).
1937 – The second Irish constitution goes into effect; the Irish Free State becomes Eire.
1955 - Barbra Streisand records her first song "You'll Never Know," at age 13. She will become one of the most-recognized voices of her time.
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