This Day in History

Posted: Monday, August 29, 2005

In Alaska

• In 1904, telegraph service between Seattle and Sitka was officially dedicated.

• In 1931, Joe Crosson flew over the summit of Mt. McKinley without oxygen.

• In 1977, the Chugach Electric Association applied for a permanent 25 percent rate increase, the second such increase in less than two years.

In the nation

• 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 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 San Francisco.

• In 1995, 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 invectives.

• In 2000, President Clinton ended a four-day trip to Africa with a brief visit to Cairo, where he sought the help of President Hosni Mubarak in pursuing a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

• In 2004, tropical storm Gaston made landfall in South Carolina at near-hurricane strength. Protesters filling 20 city blocks peacefully swarmed Manhattan's streets on the eve of the Republican National Convention to demand that President Bush be turned out of office.

In the world

• In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

• 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 2000, Pope John Paul the Second laid down moral guidelines for medical research in the 21st century, endorsing organ donation and adult stem cell study, but condemning human cloning and embryo experiments.

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