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On This Day August 29

On This Day in history:

1896- Chop suey is invented in New York City by the chef of a visiting Chinese Ambassador.

1898- The Goodyear tire company is founded.

1949- The USSR explodes its first atomic bomb.

1954- San Francisco's International Airport opens.

1957- US Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1957.

2005- Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast is hit especially hard.  Katrina causes more than 115 billion dollars in damage.

2008- Senator John McCain announces Alaska Governor Sarah Palins as his vice presidential running mate for election as U.S. President.

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