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Today in history: August 29

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2006. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
One year ago, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,300 people died in Louisiana while an estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

On this date:
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

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.

In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.

In 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

In 1957, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours.

In 1965, Gemini 5, 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 San Francisco.

In 1975, Irish statesman Eamon de Valera died near Dublin at age 92.

In 1981, broadcaster and world traveler Lowell Thomas died in Pawling, N.Y., at age 89.

Ten years ago: In a rousing climax to the Democratic convention in Chicago, President Clinton appealed for a second term, declaring, “Hope is back in America.” The convention also nominated Al Gore for a second term as vice president. Earlier in the day, President Clinton’s chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute.

Five years ago: George Rivas, the ringleader of the biggest prison breakout in Texas history, was sentenced to death for killing an Irving policeman, Aubrey Hawkins, while on the run.

One year ago: Economist Jude Wanniski, who advocated tax cuts as economic stimulus and coined the term “supply-side economics,” died in Morristown, N.J., at age 69.

Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 83. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 70. Actor Elliott Gould is 68. Movie director William Friedkin is 67. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 67. TV personality Robin Leach is 65. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 54. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 50. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 50. Singer Michael Jackson is 48. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 44. Singer Me’Shell NdegeOcello is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 36. Actress Carla Gugino is 35. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 31. Actor John Hensley is 29. Rock musician David Desrosiers (Simple Plan) is 26. Rapper A+ is 24. Actress Jennifer Landon is 23. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 21.

Thought for Today: “In spite of the honestest efforts to annihilate my ‘I-ity,’ or merge it in what the world doubtless considers my better half (historian Thomas Carlyle), I still find myself a self-subsisting and alas! self-seeking ME.” — Jane Welsh Carlyle, English writer (1801-1866).