On this day: August 29

Published On: Aug 30 2012 05:13:59 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

American troops march through a liberated Paris, the King of Pop is born, The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans, and Hurricane Katrina hits the Gulf Coast, all on this day.

OTD August 29 - Charlie Parker
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Library of Congress

1920: Jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker, also known by his nicknames of "Yardbird" and "Bird," is born in Kansas City, Kan. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop. Some of his best known songs include "Billie's Bounce," "Ornithology" and "Yardbird Suite."


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