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Monday, August 29, 2000


I hope to answer their questions and find out who killed my child. That's why we're here.

Patsy Ramsey, who, along with her husband John, talked to investigators on Monday for the first time in more than two years about the 1996 murder of the couple's 6-year-old daughter, JonBenet.


today's events

  • In Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S. President Bill Clinton is required to respond to a disbarment complaint filed by a state professional conduct committee.
  • The Flemington Agricultural Fair begins in Flemington, New Jersey.
  • The Big Knob Grange Fair opens in New Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

on the horizon

  • On Wednesday, August 30, Saint Rose of Lima Day is observed in Peru; she is the patron saint of the Philippines and the Americas.
  • On Thursday, August 31, Kyrgyzstan observes Independence Day, commemorating its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.
  • On Friday, September 1, the World Conference on Assisted Dying, hosted by the Hemlock Foundation, begins in Boston.
  • On Saturday, September 2, the Magic Circle Bike Challenge takes place in Wilcox, Arizona.
  • On Sunday, September 3, Jerry Lewis hosts the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, through September 4.


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  • Singer Michael Jackson is 42.
  • Filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough is 77.
  • Actor Richard Gere is 51.
  • Actress Rebecca De Mornay is 38.

on this day

  • In 1533, Atahualpa, the last Inca King of Peru, was murdered on orders from Spanish conqueror Francisco Pizarro.
  • In 1632, English philosopher John Locke was born in Somerset, England.
  • In 1877, Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church, died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • In 1943, responding to a clampdown by Nazi occupiers, Denmark managed to scuttle most of its naval ships.
  • In 1957, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill after talking for more than 24 hours.
  • In 1965, Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles "Pete" Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic after eight days in space.
  • In 1966, the Beatles concluded their fourth U.S. tour with their last public concert, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
  • In 1987, Oscar-winning actor Lee Marvin died in Tucson, Arizona, aged 63.
  • In 1995, during the O.J. Simpson trial, without the jury present, tape recordings were played in which Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman could be heard using racial slurs.


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