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August 29th, 1944, 15,000 American
troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French
capital continued to celebrate its liberation
from the Nazis.
On this date:
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa,
was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror
In 1632, English
philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.
In 1877, the
second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham
Young, died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 1896, the
Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in
New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese
Ambassador Li Hung-chang.
responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers,
Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval
In 1957, South
Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat)
ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill
after talking for more than 24 hours.
"Gemini Five," carrying astronauts
Gordon Cooper and Charles ("Pete")
Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight
days in space.
In 1966, the
Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with
their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in
In 1975, Irish
statesman Eamon de Valera died near Dublin at age
In 1987, Academy
Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson,
Arizona, at age 63.
Ten years ago: A
defiant Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declared
in a television interview that America could not
defeat Iraq, saying, "I do not beg before
Five years ago: At
the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles,
without the jury present, tape recordings of
police detective Mark Fuhrman were played in
which Fuhrman could be heard spouting racial
One year ago:
Hurricane "Dennis" wallowed along the
coast toward the Carolinas, prompting evacuation
orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier
"Whom the gods would
destroy they first make mad."
Euripides, Greek poet (c. 480 B.C.-406 B.C.)