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Frozen in Time

Frozen in Time

By Emily Maxwell
Associate Editor

August 25 – Paris is liberated after more than four years of Nazi occupation after the 2nd French Armored Division and the US 4th Infantry Division enter the city. Dietrich von Choltitz, military governor of Paris and commander of the German garrison, surrenders at the Hôtel Meurice. The next day, Charles de Gaulle and the 2nd armored division march down the Champs-Élysées as rogue German snipers shoot at the crowd from the rooftops above. -1944

August 26 – Democrats gather at the national convention in Denver, Colorado to officially nominate Barack Obama as their presidential candidate. Obama goes on to serve two terms in the White House. -2008

August 27 – The first Guinness Book of World Records is published by journalists and twins Norris and Ross McWhirter at the request of Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery. The book enjoys instant success and to this day holds its own record as the world’s most sold copyrighted book. -1955

August 28 – Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to a crowd of more than 200,000. The speech becomes one of the most well-known and quoted speeches in modern history. -1963

August 29 – Hurricane Katrina strikes New Orleans with sustained winds of 145 mph, killing over 1,800 people in the most destructive hurricane ever to hit the U.S. The federal government’s slow response to the devastation is widely criticized and results in the resignation of the sitting director of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the New Orleans Police Department Superintendent. -2005

August 30 – John Raymond Rice, a Winnebago native killed in action in the Korean War, is refused a burial plot in a cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. President Harry Truman orders his body interred at Arlington National Cemetery, stating that no person should be refused a burial based on race, creed or color. -1951

August 31 – George Harrison is found guilty of copyright infringement after being sued by the publisher of the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine,” saying Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” had copied the song note for note. -1976

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Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his powerful “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Wash. D.C on Aug. 28, 1963.