KATRINA AND THE WAVES

August 29 in history:

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. on August 29th, 2005, leading to massive flooding in New Orleans when many levees on the Mississippi were breached.  More than 18-hundred people died because of the storm, while over 20,000 people took shelter in the Louisiana Superdome.

A made-for-TV movie called “Superdome,” broadcast in 1978, starred David Janssen from the 1960s series “The Fugitive.”  The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired on August 29th, 1967.  Almost half the households in America watched as Dr. Richard Kimble confronted the real killer of his wife, the “one-armed man.”  The last line of the episode was “Tuesday, August 29th…the day the running stopped.”

August 29th of 2008 was the day the running started for vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska. Palin suddenly became a household name when Republican presidential candidate John McCain chose her as his running mate.  It was Palin’s 20th wedding anniversary and McCain’s 72nd birthday.  And on this date in 1968, Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine was nominated as Hubert Humphrey’s running mate at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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