AP Highlight in History: On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Louisana coast, overwhelming the levees protecting New Orleans and causing massive flooding. More than 1,800 people died.
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The last Incan king, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset.
Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.
American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
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Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., ended the longest filibuster in Senate history after talking for 24 hours, 18 minutes against a civil rights bill.
Pop singer Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind.
Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
The Beatles performed their last concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
President Bill Clinton's chief political strategist, Dick Morris, resigned amid a scandal over his relationship with a prostitute.
Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation and adult stem cell study but condemned human cloning and embryo experiments.
Republican John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate.
Funeral services were held in Boston for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was eulogized by President Barack Obama; hours later, Kennedy's remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
In a sign Moammar Gadhafi had lost grip on his country, his wife and three of his children fled Libya to neighboring Algeria.