Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, the 241st day of 2013. There are 124 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On August 29, 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers during World War II, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
On this date:
In 1533, the last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa), was executed on orders of Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
In 1862, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began operations at the United States Treasury.
In 1944, 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris as the French capital continued to celebrate its liberation from the Nazis.
In 1952, 4’33" ("Four Minutes, Thirty-three Seconds"), a composition by avant-garde composer John Cage, had its premiere in Woodstock, N.Y., as pianist David Tudor sat at a piano and, for a total of four minutes and 33 seconds, played... nothing.
In 1972, swimmer Mark Spitz of the United States won the third of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics, finishing first in the 200-meter freestyle.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.
Ten years ago: Six nations trying to defuse a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program ended their talks in Beijing with an agreement to keep talking.
Five years ago: Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked Sarah Palin, a maverick conservative who had been governor of Alaska for less than two years, to be his running mate.
One year ago: Hurricane Isaac sidestepped New Orleans, sending the worst of its howling wind and heavy rain into a cluster of rural fishing villages.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor-director Lord Richard Attenborough is 90. Movie director William Friedkin is 78. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 54. Actress Carla Gugino is 42. Rock musician Kyle Cook (Matchbox Twenty) is 38. Actor John Hensley is 36. Actress-singer Lea Michele (TV: "Glee") is 27.
Thought for Today: "Don’t be ‘consistent,’ but be simply true." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894).