This day in history

Thursday, Aug. 29, is the 241st day of 2013. There are 124 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 90. Director William Friedkin is 78. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is 77. Actor Elliott Gould is 75. Director Joel Schumacher is 74. Former White House Press Secretary James Brady is 73. TV personality Robin Leach is 72. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew is 58. Dancer-choreographer Mark Morris is 57. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 54. Singer Me’Shell NdegeOcello is 44. Actress Carla Gugino is 42. Actress-singer Lea Michele (‘‘Glee”) is 27.

In 1877, the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brigham Young, died in Salt Lake City at age 76.


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

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In 1957, the Senate gave final congressional approval to a Civil Rights Act after South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, ended a filibuster that had lasted 24 hours.

In 1958, pop superstar Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Ind.

In 1982, Oscar-winning actress Ingrid Bergman died in London on her 67th birthday.

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


In 2003, a bombing at the Imam Ali Shrine in Najaf, Iraq, killed 85 people, including Shiite leader Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.

In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.