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August 28, 2009

This Day in History: Aug. 29:

1533: Atahualpa, the last ruler of the Incas, was murdered as Francisco Pizarro completed his conquest of Peru. 1786: Shays's rebellion, an insurrection of Massachusetts farmers against the state government, began. 1842: The Treaty of Nanking was signed, ending the Opium Wars and ceding the island of Hong Kong to Britain.
1877: Brigham Young died in Salt Lake City, Utah. 1949: The U.S.S.R. tested their first atomic bomb. 1957: Strom Thurmond ended the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history. He spoke for more than 24 hours against a civil rights bill; the bill passed. 1966: The Beatles played their last major live concert at Candlestick Park, Calif. 1991: The Supreme Soviet, the parliament of the U.S.S.R., suspended all activities of the Communist Party, bringing an end to the institution. 2005: Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, destroying beachfront towns in Mississippi and Louisiana, displacing a million people and killing more than 1,000. -- from Infoplease website

Famous birthdays today (besides yours): English philosopher John Locke, 1632; Actress Ingrid Bergman, 1915; Musician Charlie Parker, 1920; Actor-director Richard Attenborough, 1923; Singer Dinah Washington, 1924; Movie director William Friedkin, 1935; Actor Elliott Gould, 1938; TV personality Robin Leach ("Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"), 1941; Actress Rebecca DeMornay, 1959; Singer Carl Martin of Shai, 1970; Actress Carla Gugino, 1971; Guitarist Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty, 1975; Actor John Hensley ("Nip/Tuck"), 1977; Bassist David Desrosiers of Simple Plan, 1980. -- for Infoplease and Yahoo!News websites

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