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What happened on August 7
- August 7, 0322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Alexander the Great of Macedon.
- August 7, 0768 Stephen III begins his reign as Catholic Pope
- August 7, 1461 "the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor; after setting fire to the eastern and western gates of the Forbidden City (which were doused by pouring rains during the day-long uprising), Cao Qin found himself hemmed in on all sides by imperial forces, lost three of his own brothers in the fight, and instead of facing execution he fled to his house and committed suicide by jumping down a well located within the walled compound of his urban Beijing home."
- August 7, 1498 Columbus arrives in Caribbean
- August 7, 1620 Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft
- August 7, 1679 "The brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by Ren Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is towed to the south-eastern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes of North America."
- August 7, 1714 The first important victory of the Russian Navy - the Battle of Gangut.
- August 7, 1782 Badge of US Military Merit (Purple Heart) established by George Washington
- August 7, 1782 George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
- August 7, 1789 The United States War Department is established.
- August 7, 1789 US War Department established
- August 7, 1794 Whiskey Rebellion begins: Farmers in the Monongahela Valley of Pennsylvania rebel against the federal tax on liquor and distilled drinks.
- August 7, 1819 Battle of Boyac ; Bol?var defeats Spanish in Colombia
- August 7, 1819 Simn Bolvar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyac.
- August 7, 1820 First potatoes planted in Hawaii
- August 7, 1879 The opening of the Poor Man's Palace in Manchester.
- August 7, 1882 "Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded. Many dead."
- August 7, 1888 Patent for revolving door granted
- August 7, 1912 Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for pres
- August 7, 1915 "Charge of Australian Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, Gallipoli"
- August 7, 1915 "Crpl. Cyril Royston Guyton BASSETT, NZ Divisional Signals, NZ Engineers won the Victoria Cross at Chunuk Bair, on the Gallipoli Peninsula"
- August 7, 1927 "The Peace Bridge opens, between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York."
- August 7, 1933 "The Iraqi Government slaughtered over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes Assyrian Martyrs Day."
- August 7, 1938 2 die in a New York subway accident
- August 7, 1940 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
- August 7, 1940 "Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for an 1856 British Guiana)"
- August 7, 1941 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
- August 7, 1944 "German counterattacks at Avranches ""bottleneck."" Allies successfully defend advances and continue to sweep Brittany."
- August 7, 1944 "IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I)."
- August 7, 1946 First coin bearing portrait of Negro authorized
- August 7, 1947 Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef
- August 7, 1947 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
- August 7, 1947 "Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7000-km (4375-mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean proving that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America."
- August 7, 1950 "Cabinet decides to recruit and create a special Canadian armed force of 5,000 men for service with United Nations in Korea."
- August 7, 1951 "Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph"
- August 7, 1953 "Eastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet"
- August 7, 1955 "Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first Transistor radios in Japan."
- August 7, 1959 Explorer 6 transmits first TV photo of Earth from space
- August 7, 1959 "Explorer program: Explorer 6 launched from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida."
- August 7, 1959 "The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the ""sheaves of wheat"" design and is still in use."
- August 7, 1960 Cte d'Ivoire becomes independent.
- August 7, 1960 Ivory Coast gains independence from France
- August 7, 1960 Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
- August 7, 1961 Russian Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
- August 7, 1962 "President John F. Kennedy signed National Security Action Memorandum 177. This memorandum enhanced the government's foreign police-training program. In connection with this program, Director Hoover agreed to accept up to 20 foreign police officers into each session of the FBI National Academy."
- August 7, 1966 "Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan."
- August 7, 1967 Vietnam War: The People's Republic of China agrees to give North Vietnam an undisclosed amount of aid in the form of a grant.
- August 7, 1970 "4 killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, Calif"
- August 7, 1970 California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
- August 7, 1970 First computer chess tournament
- August 7, 1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
- August 7, 1973 NBC airs the final day of the Watergate hearings on U.S. daytime television.
- August 7, 1974 Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center
- August 7, 1976 "Scientists in Pasadena, Calif, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars"
- August 7, 1976 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
- August 7, 1976 Viking program: Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars.
- August 7, 1978 Thousands of mourners file past the body of Pope Paul VI
- August 7, 1978 United States President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal.
- August 7, 1979 "The first day of trading in British Columbia Resources Investment Corporation (BCRIC) shares, everyone in the province got 5 shares from the government"
- August 7, 1981 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
- August 7, 1982 Number one hit on UK music charts - Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
- August 7, 1983 "675,000 employees strike AT&T"
- August 7, 1983 First World Track & Field Championships
- August 7, 1985 "Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts."
- August 7, 1987 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
- August 7, 1987 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39o F (4o C) Bering Sea
- August 7, 1988 Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
- August 7, 1988 Writers guild end their 6 months strike
- August 7, 1989 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
- August 7, 1990 Saudi Arabia allows US troops on their soil to stop an Iraqi invasion
- August 7, 1996 ZZ Top's album: Eliminator reaches Diamond having sold more than 10 million copies.
- August 7, 1997 "Garth Brooks plays to 750,000 people in Central Park."
- August 7, 1998 "Bombing of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, kill 224 people and injure over 4,500."
- August 7, 1999 A group of Indian army veterans launch the political party Rashtriya Raksha Dal.
- August 7, 2004 Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs gets win #300
- August 7, 2007 Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
- August 7, 2009 "According to both Pakistani officials and Taliban insurgents, Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, was killed in a drone strike."
- August 7, 2009 "Bomb attacks on a Shia mosque and pilgrims at Shreikhan village near Mosul kill at least 36 people as Iraq's largest Muslim community marks one of its biggest feasts, gathering in Karbala to mark the birth of Muhammad al-Mahdi."
- August 7, 2009 "Mel Martinez, U.S. Senator from Florida, announces his resignation."
- August 7, 2009 "Ronnie Biggs, one of the participants of the Great Train Robbery, is freed on medical grounds."
- August 7, 2009 "Selvarasa Pathmanathan, the new leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is detained in Thailand."
- August 7, 2009 Senator Miguel Carrioza says the Congress of Paraguay is not interested in considering the protocol for Venezuela?s incorporation to Mercosur.
- August 7, 2009 Shootouts leave at least 11 dead in the escalating violence since Mexico's continuing national crackdown on the illegal drug trade.
- August 7, 2009 "The leaders of three South African opposition parties urge President Jacob Zuma to withdraw his statement on the nomination of Sandile Ngcobo to replace outgoing Chief Justice Pius Langa, calling it ""unconstitutional""."