This Day in History For Dec. 29
1848 – Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk’s Administration)
1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio)
1902 – Scot Joplin copyrighted “The Entertainer” and several other piano rag compositions through the US Copyright Office.
1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin.
1930 – Fred P. Newton, completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minnesota, to New Orleans.
1937 – Lou Thesz beats Everette Marshall in St. Louis, to win NWA World heavyweight title – youngest ever.
1948 – US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit.
1952 – 1st transistorized hearing aid offered for sale (Elmsford, NY)
1957 – National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score in each quarter.
1965 – The Supremes release single “My World is Empty Without You.”
1970 – Occupational Safety and Health Act (United States) signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon.
1972 – Life magazine ceased publication.
1982 – American college football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant ends his career with University of Alabama (323 wins)
1989 – Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC’s “Today: Show.
1989 – Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by the Associated Press.
1997 – Russia signs agreement to build a $3B nuclear plant in China.
2007 – Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0.
2016 – US President Barack Obama retaliates against Russia for hacking American computer systems and trying to influence the election by ejecting 35 Russian spies and importing sanctions.
2018 – 85th Orange Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #4 Oklahoma, 45-34.
2020 – Milwaukee Bucks break NBA record for most 3-pointers made by a team in a single game with 29 in a dominant 144-97 victory over the Heat in Miami.