Today is Sunday, Aug. 29, the 242nd day of 2004. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Aug. 29, 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.

On this date:

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

In 1632, philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England.

In 1877, the second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City.

In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.

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 5, 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 1975, Irish statesman Eamon de Valera died near Dublin at age 92.

In 1981, broadcaster and world traveler Lowell Thomas died in Pawling, N.Y., at age 89.

In 1987, Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 63.

Ten years ago: Bosnian Serb officials announced the results of a weekend referendum in which Bosnian Serbs overwhelmingly rejected what was billed as a last-chance peace plan.

Five years ago: Hurricane Dennis wallowed along the coast toward the Carolinas, prompting evacuation orders for the fragile Outer Banks barrier islands.

One year ago: A bombing at the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, killed at least 85 people, including Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim. Six nations trying to defuse a standoff over North Korea's nuclear program ended their talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking. Rep. Bill Janklow, R-S.D., was charged with felony manslaughter in a car accident that claimed the life of motorcyclist Randolph E. Scott. (Janklow was later convicted and served 100 days in jail.)

Today's Birthdays: Actor Charles White is 84. Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 81. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is 68. Actor Elliott Gould is 66. Movie director William Friedkin is 65. Movie director Joel Schumacher is 65. TV personality Robin Leach is 63. Actress Deborah Van Valkenburgh is 52. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 48. Country musician Dan Truman (Diamond Rio) is 48. Singer Michael Jackson is 46. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 42. Singer Me'Shell NdegeOcello is 35. Rhythm and blues singer Carl Martin (Shai) is 34. Actress Carla Gugino is 33. Actor John Hensley ("Witchblade") is 27. Rapper A+ is 22. Actor Jeffrey Licon is 19.

Thought for Today: "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad." - Euripides, Greek poet (c. 480 B.C.-406 B.C.)


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