History for December 29 - On-This-Day.com
1800- Charles Goodyear founder of Goodyear Tire was born
1845 - U.S. President James Polk and signed legislation making Texas the 28th state of the United States.
1911 - Sun Yat-sen became the first president of a republican China.
1972 - Following 36 years of publication, the last weekly issue of "LIFE" magazine hit the newsstands. The magazine later became a monthly publication.
1997 - Hong Kong began killing 1.25 million chickens, the entire population, for fear of the spread of 'bird flu'.