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This Day In History: Aug. 29

This Day in History

1889: The first U.S. professional tennis match is played, in Newport, RI.
1957: SC Sen. Strom Thurmond sets a filibuster record of 24 hours, 27 minutes, when he speaks against a civil rights bill.
1991: In the USSR, the Supreme Soviet suspends all activities of the Communist Party.
1996: Dick Morris, a political strategist for Pres. Bill Clinton, resigns after being linked to a prostitute.
2004: The Summer Olympics conclude in Athens, Greece.
2005: Hurricane Katrina devastates the U.S. Gulf Coast and floods New Orleans, killing more than 1,000 and becoming the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

Today's Birthdays

1632: John Locke, philosopher (Wrington, England; died 1704)
1780: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, painter (France; died 1867)
1915: Ingrid Bergman, actress (Stockholm, Sweden; died 1982)
1917: Isabel Sanford, actress (New York, NY; died 2004)
1920: Charlie ""Bird"" Parker, jazz saxophonist/composer (Kansas City, KS; died 1955)
1923: Sir Richard Attenborough, director/producer (Cambridge, England)
1935: William Friedkin, filmmaker (Chicago, IL)
1936: John McCain III, AZ senator and presidential aspirant (Panama Canal Zone)
1938: Elliott Gould, actor (Brooklyn, NY). Robert Rubin, financier and former treasury secretary (New York, NY)
1940: James Brady, former presidential press secretary; gun control advocate (Centralia, IL)
1941: Robin Leach, TV personality (London, England). Slobodan Milosevic, Yugoslavian president (Pozarevac, Serbia; died 2006)
1945: Wyomia Tyus, Olympic champion sprinter (Griffin, GA)
1956: Mark Morris, dancer/choreographer (Seattle, WA)
1958: Michael Jackson, singer/songwriter (Gary, IN)
1979: Jamal Lewis, football player (Atlanta, GA)


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