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TODAY IN HISTORY



Today in History: Friday, August  29, 2014
AP Highlight in History: 
On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisana coast, overwhelming the levees protecting New Orleans and causing massive flooding. More than 1,800 people died.
 
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On this date in:
1533 The last Incan king, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
1632 English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.
1877 Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
1944 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
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1957 Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours, 18 minutes against a civil rights bill.
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1958 Pop singer Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind.
1965 Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
1966 The Beatles performed their last concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
1996 President Bill Clinton's chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute.
2000 Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemned human cloning and embryo experiments.
2008 Republican John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate.
2009 Funeral services were held in Boston for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was eulogized by President Barack Obama; hours later, Kennedy's remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
2011 In a sign Moammar Gadhafi had lost grip on his country, his wife and three of his children fled Libya to neighboring Algeria.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Actress Lea Michele ("Glee") turns 28 years old today.
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Name Profession Age
William Friedkin Director 79
John McCain U.S. senator, R-Ariz. 78
Elliott Gould Actor 76
Robert Rubin Former treasury secretary 76
Joel Schumacher Director 75
Robin Leach TV host ("Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous") 73
Jack Lew Treasury secretary 59
Rebecca DeMornay Actress 55
Actress Carla Gugino turns 43 years old today.
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