Today is Friday, Dec. 29, the 363rd day of 2017. There are two days left in the year.

On Dec. 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.

In 1808, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state.

In 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. troops sent to disarm them.

In 1916, James Joyce's first novel, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," was first published in book form in New York after being serialized in London.

In 1934, Japan formally renounced the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

In 1940, during World War II, Germany dropped incendiary bombs on London, setting off what came to be known as "The Second Great Fire of London."

In 1957, singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme were married in Las Vegas (the marriage lasted until Gorme's death in 2013).

In 1967, Hyundai Motor Co. was founded in South Korea.

In 1975, a bomb exploded in the main terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 people (it's never been determined who was responsible).

In 1992, David and Sharon Schoo of St. Charles, Illinois, were arrested at O'Hare International Airport upon their return from a Mexican vacation for leaving their 4- and 9-year-old daughters at home, alone. (The Schoos pleaded guilty to child neglect and were sentenced to probation; the children were put up for adoption.)

Birthdays: Country singer Rose Lee Maphis is 95. Actress Inga Swenson is 85. ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 83. Actor Jon Voight is 79. Singer Marianne Faithfull is 71. Actor Ted Danson is 70. Singer-actress Yvonne Elliman is 66. Comedian Paula Poundstone is 58. News anchor Ashleigh Banfield is 50. Actor Jude Law is 45. Actress Maria Dizzia is 43.

Thought for Today: "The wise man must be wise before, not after." — Epicharmus, Sicilian Greek comic poet.