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Events and People Who Made History on August 7

7th Century

626 - Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated

8th Century

768 - Stephen III [IV] begins his reign as Catholic Pope

10th Century

936 - Otto I the Great becomes King of Germany

15th Century

1409 - Council of Pisa closes
1479 - Battle of Guinegate: Emperor Maximilian I vs King Louis XI
1485 - Henry (VII) Tudors army lands in Milford Harbor, South-Wales
1498 - Columbus arrives in Caribbean

16th Century

1573 - Francis Drakes fleet returns to Plymouth
1575 - Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died
1588 - English assault on Spanish Armada

17th Century

1620 - Battle at Ponts-the-Ce, Poitou: French king Louis XIII beats his mother Marie de Medici
1620 - Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

18th Century

1710 - Earl van Godolphin resigns as English minister of Finance
1750 - Slave uprising on Curacao
1760 - Ft. Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
1782 - George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
1789 - Congress creates Department of War and Lighthouse Service

19th Century

1802 - Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St. Domingue (Haiti)
1814 - Pope Pius VII reinstates Jesuits
1819 - Battle of Boyaca; Bolivar defeats Spanish in Colombia
1820 - 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii
1867 - Battle of Moorefield, WV
1882 - Hatfields of south WV and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
1884 - Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
1885 - 5 German warships anchor at Zanzibar
1888 - Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
1893 - 53rd Congress (1893-95) convenes

20th Century

1900 - Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
1904 - Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colorado during a flash flood, kills 96
1907 - Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland
1909 - U.S. issues 1st Lincoln penny
1912 - Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president
1914 - British Gloucester vs German Breslau/Goeben off Greece
1914 - French government awards king Albert of Belgium the Great Cross
1914 - French troops under General Bonneau occupy Altkitrch at Elzas
1914 - German army occupies city of Liege Belgium
1914 - Lord Kitchner says "Your country needs you," poster spreads over UK
1915 - Assault up Russell's Top at Gallipolis, 232 Australians die
1915 - St. Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Brooklyn rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, and Card runner scores
1921 - Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter
1925 - League of Nation advises against Turk/Iraqi division of Mosoelgebied
1927 - Peace Bridge between U.S. and Canada dedicated
1927 - U.S. rum smuggler Horace Alderman kills 3
1929 - Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck forms Dutch government
1929 - Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games
1930 - Richard Bedford Bennet forms Canadian government
1934 - U.S. Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"
1935 - 60% of voters agrees to nazism in Danzig (Gdansk)
1938 - 2 die in a New York City subway accident
1938 - Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run
1938 - Nazi's close theologic department of Innsbruck university
1940 - Churchill recognizes De Gaulle government in exile
1940 - Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 cent 1856 British Guiana)
1941 - 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
1942 - 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
1942 - Resistance bombs Rotterdam railway
1942 - Transport 16 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
1943 - Red Army recaptures Bogodukov
1944 - Anton de Kom arrested by Surinam resistance fighter
1944 - Canada/Polish offensive direction Falaise: Total Cooperation
1944 - German counter attack at Avranches fails
1944 - July 20th Plot trial under Roland Freis in Berlin begins
1944 - U.S. 3rd Army reaches suburbs of Brest Brittany
1947 - Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef
1948 - 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
1948 - Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
1949 - "All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 121 performances
1951 - Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
1951 - U.S. viking rocket reaches 210 km height, record
1953 - Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
1954 - Charles Mahoney becomes 1st U.S. black to serve as a full United Nations delegate
1954 - "Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 125 performances
1955 - Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
1955 - KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins
1956 - Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
1956 - British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
1956 - Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
1957 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1959 - Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1960 - Ivory Coast, Cote d'Ivoore, gains independence from France
1960 - Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
1960 - Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1961 - Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
1961 - Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts U.S.S.R. economy will surpass U.S.
1962 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1963 - Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st, 1st lady to give birth since Mrs. Cleveland
1964 - 31st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 (65,000)
1964 - Turkey begins air attack on Greek-Cypriots
1964 - U.S. Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution
1966 - Race riot in Lansing, Michigan
1970 - 1st computer chess tournament
1970 - 4, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California (Police charge Angela Davis provided weapons)
1970 - Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac
1970 - WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1971 - Apollo 15 returns to Earth
1972 - Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn
1974 - Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J Geils Band
1974 - Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers
1976 - Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open
1976 - Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
1976 - U.S. Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
1977 - "Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 1,050 performances
1978 - Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, and Larry MacPhail inducted to Hall of Fame
1978 - Thousands of mourners file past body of Pope Paul VI
1980 - Hurricane Allen ravages Caribisch area, about 70 killed
1983 - 1st World Track and Field Championships
1983 - 65th PGA Championship: Hal Sutton shoots a 274 at Riviera CC LA
1983 - Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium
1983 - Grete Waitz of Norway, wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki Fin)
1983 - "Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater New York City after 199 performances
1983 - Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1983 - Some 675,000 employees strike AT&T
1984 - David Rabe's "Hurlyburly," premieres in New York City
1984 - Japan beats U.S. for olympic gold medal in baseball
1984 - Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing Yankee
1985 - Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"
1985 - Baseball players end a 2 day strike
1986 - Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
1986 - "Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater New York City for 4 performances
1987 - 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
1987 - Javed Miandad scores 260 vs. England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
1987 - Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from U.S. to U.S.S.R. in 39 degrees F (4 degrees C) Bering Sea
1988 - Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
1988 - Writers guild end their 6 months strike
1990 - Desert Shield begins - U.S. deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
1990 - New York Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 12th home run in 1st 92 at bats and becomes 21st to hit a ball into 3rd deck of Seattle's Kingdome
1991 - Charles Austin breaks U.S. high jump record at 7'10 "
1991 - Court rules Manuel Noriega, may access some secret U.S. documents
1991 - Darrin Lewis hits his 1st major league home run
1991 - Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes
1991 - U.S. sets 400m relay record at 37.67 seconds
1992 - Cleveland Indians turn a triple play
1992 - Tampa Bay group purchases San Francisco Giants
1993 - "Camelot" closes at Gershwin Theater New York City after 56 performances
1993 - Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed
1994 - 1st telephone link between Israel and Jordan
1994 - Carolyn Hill wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mountain
1994 - Ernesto Samper sworn in as president of Colombia
1994 - "Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 33 performances
1997 - STS-85, Discovery 23, launches into orbit
1997 - Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier
1998 - U.S. embassies bombed in Kenya and Tanzania killing at least 200

21st Century

2003 - An Islamist terrorist is sentenced to death for his part in the Bali bombings that kill nearly 200 in 2002


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