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 - Nathan Leopold
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1971: Nathan Leopold Jr. (top), who paired with fellow University of Chicago student Richard Loeb in 1924 to murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks in an infamous "thrill killing," dies of a diabetes-related heart attack at age 66 in Puerto Rico. Leopold and Loeb, who said they had wanted to commit a "perfect crime," hired Clarence Darrow as their defense attorney and were eventually sentenced to life in prison. Loeb was killed by a fellow prisoner in 1936 and Leopold was paroled in 1958. The case has inspired several works in film, theater and fiction, including Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film "Rope."


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