On December 29th in:
1170, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedralby followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican and Catholic Churches;
1851, the first American YMCA opens in Boston, Massachusetts;
1890, Wounded Knee Massacre on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, 300 Lakota killed by the U.S. Army;
1914, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, is serialized in The Egoist;
1940, World War II: In the Second Great Fire of London, the Luftwaffe fire-bombs London, England, killing almost 200 civilians; and in
2003, the last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct.