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AUGUST 25

Mary Cassidy Kennedy was born.

Fran Tuccio was born.

 

1916 – The Department of the Interior created the National Park Service to manage and preserve national parks and monuments for future generations.

1944 – Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied forces.

 

AUGUST 26

1920 -The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote went into effect.

1939 – The first televised major league baseball game was a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.

 

AUGUST 27

Walter Meyer was born.

Bob Bruns was born.

 

2003 – Mars made its closest approach to earth in 60,000 years.

 

AUGUST 28

Dennis Cummins was born.

Michael Cozmo Nolan was born.

Melisa Ritchie was born.

 

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial to civil rights demonstrators.

1968 – Anti-Vietnam war protesters and police clashed in the streets of Chicago while the Democratic National Convention nominated Hubert H. Humphrey for president.

 

AUGUST 29

Robert Coughlin was born.

Sunshine Hastings was born.

 

1966 -The Beatles played their last major live concert at Candlestick Park, California.

 

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.

 

AUGUST 30

Joseph Courtney was born.

Ann Hamilton Reen was born.

Bryan Doremus was born.

 

1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.

 

AUGUST 31

Kevin O’Connor was born.

Tom Lawler was born.

 

1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states.

1997 – Princess Diana and her companion Dodi al-Fayed were killed in a car accident in Paris.

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