On this day: August 29

Published On: Aug 30 2012 05:13:59 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2014 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.

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1935: Film director William Friedkin, best known for the movies "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," is born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned Best Director Oscar nominations for both movies, winning for "The French Connection" in 1972. He's also directed such movies as "Sorcerer," "Cruising," "To Live and Die in L.A.," "Blue Chips," "Jade" and "The Hunted."

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