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Today In History

Fri., Aug. 29, 1997

In 1533: The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.

In 1758: The New Jersey Legislature established the first Indian reservation on a tract of 1,600 acres. In 1786: Daniel Shays and about 1,000 followers, staged a series of attacks which became known as Shays’ Rebellion. The Massachusets militia routed Shays, who was sentenced to death but later pardoned. The actions of Shays helped convince Americans that a stronger form of government was needed and led to the creation of the Constitution.

In 1896: The Chinese-American dish chop suey was invented in New York City by the chef to visiting Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang.

In 1944: 15,000 American troops marched down the Champs Elysees in Paris in celebration of its liberation from the Nazis.

In 1953: The Soviet Union exploded a hydrogen bomb.

In 1966: the Beatles concluded their fourth American tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

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