7 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Mata Hari (Margaret Gertrude Zelle), 1876
  • Billie Burke, 1886
  • Dr. Louis Leakey, 1903
  • Ralph Bunche, 1904
  • Nicholas Ray, 1911
  • Stan Freberg, 1926
  • B. J. Thomas, 1942
  • Garrison Keillor, 1942
  • Loni Anderson, 1944
  • David Duchovney, 1960
  • Charlize Theron, 1975

Died On This Day:

  • Admiral Robert Blake, 1657
  • Queen Caroline of Brunswick, 1821
  • Bix Beiderbecke, 1931
  • Konstantin Stanislavsky, 1937
  • Oliver Hardy, 1957
  • Larry Adler, 2001
  • Red Adair, 2004
  • Peter Jennings, 2005

Today's Events:

  • 1566 - UFO sighted above Basle, Switzerland is first to be chronicled.
  • 1588 - Midnight-British fleet begins its defeat of the Spanish Armada at Calais.
  • 1782 - General George Washington establishes Order of the Purple Heart for 'meritorious action.'
  • 1789 - Congress establishes the U.S. War Department with Henry Knox as first secretary of war.
  • 1790 - Muskogian Indians sign peace treaty with George Washington.
  • 1807 - Robert Fulton's steamboat 'The Clermont' makes first regular voyage from New York to Albany.
  • 1830 - Louis Phillipe accepts the crown of France.
  • 1840 - British Parliament passes Act prohibiting boys to work as chimney sweeps.
  • 1847 - George Page of Washington D.C. granted patent on a plow to pulverize soil.
  • 1858 - Ottowa becomes the capital of Canada.
  • 1888 - Revolving door patented by Theophilus Van Kannel of Pennsylvania.
  • 1914 - Spain declares herself neutral in WWI.
  • 1918 - Second battle of the Marne ends with German retreat.
  • 1926 - First British Grand Prix raced at Brooklands.
  • 1937 - Three months after its opening, shell-shocked WW1 veteran Harold Wobber is the first suicide jumper off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
  • 1944 - The Harvard Mark I computer (AKA IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (ASCCI) dedicated at Harvard.
  • 1947 - After a 4,300 mile journey lasting 101 days, Kon-Tiki's Thor Heyerdahl lands on Raroia, Polynesia.
  • 1959 - First photographs taken of Earth from space from Explorer VI.
  • 1972 - Uganda leader Idi Amin gives Asian non-citizens 90 days to leave the country.
  • 1987 - Lynne Cox is first to swim 2.7 mi. Bering Strait channel between America and Russia.
  • 1998 - US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam bombed in coordinated terrorist attacks; 224 dead.
  • 2000 - Al Gore chooses first Jewish VP running mate in US history - Joseph Lieberman.
  • 2007 - SF Giants baseball star Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron's 33 year-old 755 homer record but achievement is tainted by accusations of steroid use.
  • 2007 - Scientists confirm that the Yangtze river dolphin or baiji has become extinct, the first cetacean to die out because of human influence.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Victricius
  • Cajetan

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Ivory Coast (1960)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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