December 29, 2011
Today in history, on December 29th…

  • The “Railway Rapist" attacks 19-year-old Alison Day and abducts her from a London train. Although the perpetrator had attacked and raped many women since 1982, this was his first murder, 1985
  • Ted Danson, who will become best known for his role as bar owner Sam Malone on the mega-hit TV sitcom Cheers, is born in San Diego, California, 1947
  • In the final chapter of America’s long Indian wars, the U.S. Cavalry kills 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, including Sitting Bull, the famous Sioux Chief, 1890
  • The first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba, later known as the Cuban League. Havana defeated Almendares 21-20, 1878
  • Six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United States as the 28th state, 1845

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