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August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina Devastates New Orleans

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On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall as a category 3 hurricane. The weather event caused massive devastation to the Gulf Coast, resulting in the deaths of 1,836 people. It hit New Orleans particularly hard, killing 1,464 people in that city alone. The storm surge caused approximately 23 breaches in levees in New Orleans, and the result is said to be one of the worst engineering disaster in the history of the United States. Soon, 80% of the city famous for Mardi Gras and cajun food was underwater. Residents who did not evacuate were trapped. Survivors later reported watching bodies floating down and lying in streets. Many of the corpses were left in the sun and water for days before being found.

During the hurricane’s aftermath, many news outlets focused on

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August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina Devastates New Orleans | Crime …

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On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall as a category 3 hurricane. The weather event caused massive devastation to the Gulf Coast, resulting in the deaths of 1,836 people. It hit New Orleans particularly hard, killing 1,464 people in that city alone. The storm surge caused approximately 23 breaches in levees in New Orleans, and the result is said to be one of the worst engineering disaster in the history of the United States. Soon, 80% of the city famous for Mardi Gras and cajun food was underwater. Residents who did not evacuate were trapped. Survivors later reported watching bodies floating down and lying in streets. Many of the corpses were left in the sun and water for days before being found.

During the hurricane’s aftermath, many news outlets focused on

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August 27, 1660: English Writer John Milton’s Books Burned

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On August 27, 1660, books of English writer John Milton were burned. Milton wrote prose and poetry, often focusing on freedom and politics, during a time of serious political upheaval. That year marked the start of the English Restoration, a time of a major political change, when the monarchy went back into effect as Charles II took over the country. A warrant was issued for Milton’s arrest causing him to go into hiding until a general pardon was issued. He lived, but many of his writings did not. Milton served some time for his political writings. He later penned “Paradise Lost,” his most famous poem, which reportedly is about his time as a persecuted author.

On August 27, 1938, more papers were burned. This time it was a famous writer who ignited the fire.

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August 26, 2009: Kidnapping Victim Jaycee Dugard Found Alive After 18 Years

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On August 26, 2009 kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard was found alive after being missing for more than 18 years.

Jaycee went missing on June 10, 1991 near South Lake Tahoe, California. She was 11 years old. She was abducted on the street as she walked from home to a school bus stop. Her stepfather watched her get kidnapped. He chased her abductor on his mountain bike.

On both August 24 and 25, 2009, convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido visited the University of California campus in Berkeley with two young girls, aged 11 and 15. Suspicious of the trio, someone alerted authorities.

Turns out, the two girls were Jaycee’s daughters, fathered by the sex offender. Phillip, 58, and his wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, were arrested by police for kidnapping, imprisonment, and sexual assault on August

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August 25, 1330: Anti-Pope Nicholas V Overthrows Himself

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On August 25, 1330 Anti-Pope Nicholas V overthrew himself. An Anti-Pope is a person who makes a claim that they are the Pope. They are not the elected Pope and they are established as pope in opposition to the one held by others to be canonically chosen. This particular Anti-Pope joined the Franciscan order after separating from his wife in 1310. He soon after became a famous preacher.

Nicholas V was elected Pope by an assembly of priests and laymen. Their decision was influenced by the excommunicated Holy Roman Emperor, Louis the Bavarian. Nicolas was consecrated at Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in 1328 by the bishop of Venice.

In 1329 Nicholas V presided at a bizarre ceremony in Pisa: He formally condemned and degraded a straw puppet dressed in pontifical robes that was

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August 23, 2012: Lance Armstrong Does Not Contest Doping Charges

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On August 23, 2012 seven-time Tour de France-winner Lance Armstrong announced that he would not be contesting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges against him. He had adamantly denied doping allegations for years, as he had been accused of doping as far back as 1999.

In 2005, Armstrong stated, “If you consider my situation: a guy who comes back from arguably, you know, a death sentence [his 1996 cancer diagnosis and treatment], why would I then enter into a sport and dope myself up and risk my life again? That’s crazy. I would never do that. No. No way.”

By not contesting, Armstrong was stripped of all of his tour de France victories.

Not long after, Armstrong publicly confessed to cheating by doping in a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He blamed it on his consumption of

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August 22 1993: Siege Kicks Off On Randy Weaver’s Idaho Cabin, Killing 3

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On August 22 1993, an FBI agent began shooting at Randy Weaver’s cabin in Idaho, igniting the start of an 11-day siege, known as “Ruby Ridge.”

Randy Weaver, along with friend Kevin Harris, began resisting arrest a year prior. After he failed to appear in court on firearms charges, US Marshals surrounded his home. On this day, a siege began which ultimately resulted in the deaths of Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan, 42, the Weavers’ 14-year-old son Samuel and 43-year-old wife Vicki as well as a Weaver family dog. In the end, Weaver, Harris and the surviving children surrendered.

The standoff became a media sensation, and supporters of the Weaver family gathered near the Weaver home during the standoff. One such supporter was Timothy McVeigh, who was later convicted of killing 168 in the

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August 20, 1989: The Menendez Brothers Killed Their Wealthy Parents

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On August 20, 1989, the Menendez brothers brutally murdered their wealthy parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion. That evening, Jose and Kitty Menendez were tired after a long day of shark fishing on a yacht. Their sons were supposedly out for the night at the local movie theater, so they figured they’d snuggle up and watch The Spy Who Loved Me, a James Bond film. But what happened next was unimaginable.

Jose was shot point-blank in the back of the head with a 12-gauge shotgun, almost decapitating him. Kitty was first shot in the leg. Reportedly, she slipped and fell on her own blood, and was shot several more times on her face and body. In fact, Kitty, a former beauty queen, was unrecognizable after the crime. And both parents were shot in

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August 19, 1993: Abortion Doctor George Tiller Shot In Both Arms

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On August 19, 1993, an abortion doctor named George Tiller was shot in both of his arms by an abortion protester.

Tiller was the medical director of Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas.  The office was one of only three clinics nationwide that provided  late-term abortions, a controversial procedure. This made him and the the clinic the target of numerous protests. The clinic was firebombed in 1986. As it was being rebuilt from that incident, Tiller put up a sign that read, “Hell no, we won’t go.”

Then, in 1993, anti-abortion activist Rachelle “Shelley” Shannon shot the doctor five times while he was in his car, backing up out of the clinic driveway. The bullets hit both his arms.  Tiller was wounded, but not seriously, and he was released after minor surgery several hours

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August 18, 2005: The BTK Killer Receives 10 Consecutive Life Sentences

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On August 18, 2005 Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK killer, received 10 consecutive life sentences for a series of murders.  The serial killer’s moniker stood for “bind, torture, and kill.” He terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area for decades and when his identity was revealed it stunned his community: The seemingly normal Rader was married with children, a Boy Scout troop leader and an active church member. But he had a much darker side.

In 1974 he strangled four members of the Oteros family in their home.

After the killings, he began toying with police and the media, and seeking out fame for his crimes. He placed a letter in a public library book, claiming responsibility for killing the Otero family. In it, he wrote: “It’s hard to control myself. You probably call me

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