Today in History -29 December

Important Events

1835 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States
1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union
1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari
1911 Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China
1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu

Dec 29 in Film & TV

1913 1st movie serial “Adventures of Kathlyn” premieres in Chicago

Dec 29 in Music

1902 “The Entertainer” is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

Dec 29 in Sport

1989 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by the Associated Press

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