Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today in History....August 29

On this day in …

* 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarr

* 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi, ym"sh, occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships

* 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis, ym"sh

* 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles
("Pete") Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space

* 1997, hooded practitioners of that "religion of peace" killed more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village in the worst carnage since an Islamic insurgency began. ALSO: Japan's Supreme Court ruled that the country's Education Ministry broke the law by removing mention of a Japanese World War II atrocity from historian Saburo Ienaga's high school textbook

* 2002, a judge in Norwalk, Conn., sentenced Michael Skakel to 20 years to life in prison for bludgeoning his teenage neighbor, Martha Moxley, with a golf club in 1975 after hearing the Kennedy cousin tearfully proclaim his innocence

* 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La.; the resulting floods devastated the city of New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died

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