On this day: August 29

Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:13:59 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 29 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - Gemini V splashdown
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By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1965: The Gemini V spacecraft returns to Earth, landing in the Atlantic Ocean. The mission doubled the U.S space-flight record of the Gemini 4 mission to eight days. This was crucial because the length of time it took to fly to the moon, land and return would take eight days. Here astronaut L. Gordon Cooper Jr. is being hoisted up to a Navy helicopter during recovery operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

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