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This Day in History – August 29

On August 29 in 2005, this hurricane makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane on this day in 2005. Despite being only the third most powerful storm of the 2005 hurricane season, it was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States

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This Day in History – August 28

On August 28 in 1955, while visiting family in Money, Mississippi, this 14-year-old, an African American from Chicago, is brutally murdered for flirting with a white woman four days earlier.   - This Day in History

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This Day in History – August 27

On August 27 in 1908, this future President is born on a farm near Stonewall, Texas. The brash, outspoken Texan grew up in an impoverished rural area and worked his way through a teachers' training college before entering politics

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This Day in History – August 26

On August 26, 1974 this famous aviator, the first man to accomplish a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, dies in Maui, Hawaii, at the age of 72.  - This Day in History

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This Day in History – August 23

On August 23 in 1927, despite worldwide demonstrations in support of their innocence, Italian-born anarchists Nicola Sacco and this man are executed for murder. Anti-radical sentiment was running high in America at the time, and their trial was regarded by many as unlawfully sensational

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This Day in History – August 22

On August 22 in 1922, this Irish revolutionary and Sinn Fein politician is killed in an ambush in west County Cork, Ireland. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – August 21

On August 21 in 1959, the modern United States receives its crowning star when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a proclamation admitting this state into the Union as the 50th state. The president also issued an order for an American flag featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows

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This Day in History – August 20

On August 20 in 1940 this exiled Russian revolutionary is fatally wounded by an ice-ax-wielding assassin at his compound outside Mexico City. The killer - Ramón Mercader - was a Spanish communist and probable agent of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin

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This Day in History – August 19

On August 19 in 1934, this leader, already chancellor, is also elected president of Germany in an unprecedented consolidation of power in the short history of the republic. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – August 15

On August 15 in 1969, the this music festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel. Among the featured artists were Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival and many more

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