On this day: August 29

Published On: Aug 30 2012 05:13:59 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2015 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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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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