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7th of August 0626 EVENT The Avar and Slav armies leave the siege of Constantinople.
7th of August 0936 EVENT Coronation of King Otto I of Germany.
7th of August 1420 EVENT Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.
7th of August 1427 EVENT The Visconti of Milan's fleet is destroyed by the Venetians on the Po River.
7th of August 1461 EVENT The Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.
7th of August 1679 EVENT The brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by Rene 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.
7th of August 1714 EVENT The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy.
7th of August 1782 EVENT 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.
7th of August 1789 EVENT The United States War Department is established.
7th of August 1791 EVENT United States troops destroy the Miami town of Kenapacomaqua near the site of present-day Logansport, Indiana in the Northwest Indian War.
7th of August 1794 EVENT U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Law of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
7th of August 1819 EVENT Simon Bolivar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyaca.
7th of August 1879 EVENT The opening of the Poor Man's Palace in Manchester.
7th of August 1890 EVENT Anna Mansdotter becomes the last woman in Sweden to be executed, for the 1889 Yngsjo murder.
7th of August 1927 EVENT The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
7th of August 1930 EVENT The last lynching in the Northern United States occurs in Marion, Indiana. Two men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, are killed.
7th of August 1933 EVENT The Simele massacre: The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
7th of August 1940 EVENT World War II: Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich.
7th of August 1942 EVENT World War II: the Battle of Guadalcanal begins : United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
7th of August 1944 EVENT IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
7th of August 1947 EVENT Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
7th of August 1947 EVENT The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
7th of August 1955 EVENT Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
7th of August 1959 EVENT The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design and is still in use.
7th of August 1959 EVENT Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
7th of August 1960 EVENT Cote d'Ivoire becomes independent.
7th of August 1964 EVENT Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving US President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
7th of August 1964 EVENT Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down.
7th of August 1965 EVENT The infamous first party between Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and motorcycle gang the Hells Angels takes place at Kesey's estate in La Honda, California introducing psychedelics to the gang world and forever linking the hippie movement to the Hell's Angels.
7th of August 1966 EVENT Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
7th of August 1967 EVENT Vietnam War: the People's Republic of China agrees to give North Vietnam an undisclosed amount of aid in the form of a grant.
7th of August 1970 EVENT California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
7th of August 1974 EVENT Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air.
7th of August 1976 EVENT Viking program: Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars.
7th of August 1978 EVENT U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal.
7th of August 1979 EVENT Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
7th of August 1981 EVENT The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
7th of August 1985 EVENT Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
7th of August 1988 EVENT Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
7th of August 1989 EVENT U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
7th of August 1998 EVENT The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
7th of August 1999 EVENT Second Chechen War began.
7th of August 2007 EVENT Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
7th of August 2008 EVENT Georgia launches a military offensive against South Ossetia to counter the alleged Russian invasion, starting the South Ossetia War.
7th of August 0317 BIRTHDAY Constantius II, Roman emperor (d. 361)
7th of August 1282 BIRTHDAY Princess Elizabeth of Rhuddlan (d. 1316)
7th of August 1533 BIRTHDAY Alonso de Ercilla y Zuniga, Basque soldier and poet (d. 1595)
7th of August 1574 BIRTHDAY Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
7th of August 1598 BIRTHDAY Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish poet (d. 1672)
7th of August 1726 BIRTHDAY James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)
7th of August 1734 BIRTHDAY Maria Anna Josepha of Bavaria, consort of Baden-Baden (d.1776)
7th of August 1742 BIRTHDAY Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (d. 1786)
7th of August 1751 BIRTHDAY Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (d. 1820)
7th of August 1779 BIRTHDAY Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
7th of August 1779 BIRTHDAY Carl Ritter, German geographer (d. 1859)
7th of August 1783 BIRTHDAY Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom (d. 1810)
7th of August 1844 BIRTHDAY Auguste Michel-Levy, French geologist (d. 1911)
7th of August 1860 BIRTHDAY Alan Leo, British astrologer (d. 1917)
7th of August 1862 BIRTHDAY Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1931)
7th of August 1867 BIRTHDAY Emil Nolde, German painter (d. 1956)
7th of August 1868 BIRTHDAY Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)
7th of August 1876 BIRTHDAY Mata Hari, Dutch spy (d. 1917)
7th of August 1877 BIRTHDAY Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
7th of August 1879 BIRTHDAY Johannes Kotze, South African cricketer (d. 1931)
7th of August 1884 BIRTHDAY Billie Burke, American actress (d. 1970)
7th of August 1901 BIRTHDAY Ann Harding, American actress (d. 1981)
7th of August 1903 BIRTHDAY Louis Leakey, British archaeologist (d. 1972)
7th of August 1904 BIRTHDAY Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1971)
7th of August 1907 BIRTHDAY Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
7th of August 1911 BIRTHDAY Nicholas Ray, American director and scenarist (d. 1979)
7th of August 1913 BIRTHDAY George Van Eps, American guitarist (d. 1998)
7th of August 1918 BIRTHDAY Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (d. 2007)
7th of August 1921 BIRTHDAY Manitas de Plata, gypsy guitarist
7th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist
7th of August 1925 BIRTHDAY Felice Bryant, American country songwriter and singer (d. 2003)
7th of August 1926 BIRTHDAY Stan Freberg, American voice comedian
7th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Edwin W. Edwards, American politician
7th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
7th of August 1927 BIRTHDAY Carl Switzer, American child actor (d. 1959)
7th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY James Randi, Canadian-American magician
7th of August 1928 BIRTHDAY Romeo Muller, American screenwriter (d. 1992)
7th of August 1929 BIRTHDAY Don Larsen, American baseball player
7th of August 1931 BIRTHDAY Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
7th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian athlete (d. 1973)
7th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Maurice Rabb, Jr., American ophthalmologist
7th of August 1932 BIRTHDAY Edward Hardwicke, British actor (d. 2011)
7th of August 1933 BIRTHDAY Eddie Firmani, South African football player and coach
7th of August 1936 BIRTHDAY Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American saxophonist (d. 1977)
7th of August 1937 BIRTHDAY Don Wilson, England cricketer
7th of August 1939 BIRTHDAY Anjanette Comer, American actress
7th of August 1940 BIRTHDAY Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician
7th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Carlos Monzon, Argentine boxer
7th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Tobin Bell, American actor
7th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY B.J. Thomas, American singer
7th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician
7th of August 1942 BIRTHDAY Garrison Keillor, American writer and radio host
7th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Dino Valente, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (d. 1994)
7th of August 1943 BIRTHDAY Alain Corneau, French film director
7th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY John Glover, American actor
7th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY David Rasche, American actor
7th of August 1944 BIRTHDAY Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
7th of August 1945 BIRTHDAY Alan Page, American football player and Minnesota Supreme Court justice
7th of August 1946 BIRTHDAY Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
7th of August 1947 BIRTHDAY Franciscus Henri, Dutch-born Australian entertainer
7th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author
7th of August 1948 BIRTHDAY Greg Chappell, Australian cricketer and coach
7th of August 1949 BIRTHDAY Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader
7th of August 1950 BIRTHDAY Alan Keyes, American diplomat and political activist
7th of August 1951 BIRTHDAY Joachim Thiel, German footballer
7th of August 1952 BIRTHDAY Alexei Sayle, British comedian
7th of August 1953 BIRTHDAY Anne Fadiman, American writer; daughter of Clifton Fadiman
7th of August 1954 BIRTHDAY Jonathan Pollard, Israeli spy
7th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Greg Nickels, American politician
7th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
7th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director
7th of August 1955 BIRTHDAY Wayne Knight, American actor
7th of August 1957 BIRTHDAY Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast
7th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Bruce Dickinson, English singer (Iron Maiden)
7th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Alberto Salazar, American distance runner
7th of August 1958 BIRTHDAY Russell Baze, Canadian-born American horse racing jockey
7th of August 1959 BIRTHDAY Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer
7th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY David Duchovny, American actor
7th of August 1960 BIRTHDAY Jacquie O'Sullivan, British singer (Bananarama)
7th of August 1961 BIRTHDAY Yelena Davydova, Soviet gymnast
7th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Alain Robert,French urban climber
7th of August 1962 BIRTHDAY Bruno Pelletier, Quebecois singer
7th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, son of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (d. 1963)
7th of August 1963 BIRTHDAY Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor
7th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY John Birmingham, Australian author
7th of August 1964 BIRTHDAY Michael Weishan, American TV host
7th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur
7th of August 1966 BIRTHDAY Kristin Hersh, American singer and guitarist (Throwing Muses)
7th of August 1967 BIRTHDAY Jason Grimsley, American baseball player
7th of August 1968 BIRTHDAY Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot)
7th of August 1969 BIRTHDAY Paul Lambert, Scottish Footballer and Manager
7th of August 1970 BIRTHDAY Eric Namesnik, American swimmer (d. 2006)
7th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Sydney Penny, American actress
7th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Dominic Cork, England cricketer
7th of August 1971 BIRTHDAY Rachel York, American actress and singer
7th of August 1972 BIRTHDAY Greg Serano, American actor
7th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Danny Graves, American baseball player
7th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Kevin Muscat, Australian footballer
7th of August 1973 BIRTHDAY Zane Lowe, New Zealander DJ/ Radio and Television presenter
7th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Michael Shannon, American actor
7th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Sek Loso, Thai Singer
7th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Andrejs Stolcers, Latvian footballer
7th of August 1974 BIRTHDAY Chico Benymon, American actor
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Koray Candemir, Turkish singer
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY David Hicks, Australian alleged terrorist
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Edgar Renteria, Colombian baseball player
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Gaahl (Kristian Eivind Espedal), Norwegian musician
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Charlize Theron, South African actress
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Vanessa Stacey, New Zealand actress
7th of August 1975 BIRTHDAY Hans Matheson, Scottish Actor
7th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer
7th of August 1976 BIRTHDAY Shane Lechler, American football player
7th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Samantha Ronson, British DJ
7th of August 1977 BIRTHDAY Charlotte Ronson, British fashion designer
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Mark McCammon, Barbadian football player
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed)
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Alexandre Aja, French director
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Cirroc Lofton, American actor
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
7th of August 1978 BIRTHDAY Shirley Yeung, Hong Kong actress
7th of August 1979 BIRTHDAY Eric Johnson, American actor
7th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Anomie Belle, American musician
7th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Aurelie Claudel, French model
7th of August 1980 BIRTHDAY Tacio, Brazilian footballer
7th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Marco Melandri, Italian motorcycle racer
7th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer
7th of August 1982 BIRTHDAY Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player
7th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Christian Chavez, Mexican singer and actor (RBD)
7th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Andriy Hryvko, Ukrainian cyclist
7th of August 1983 BIRTHDAY Tina O'Brien, British actress
7th of August 1984 BIRTHDAY Stratos Perperoglou, Greek basketball player
7th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Paul Biedermann, German swimmer
7th of August 1986 BIRTHDAY Nancy Sumari, Tanzanian Beauty Queen and Model, (Miss World 2005)
7th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
7th of August 1987 BIRTHDAY Mustapha Dumbuya, English football player
7th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Beanie Wells, American football player
7th of August 1988 BIRTHDAY Melody Oliveria, American internet blogger
7th of August 1990 BIRTHDAY Helen Flanagan, English actress
7th of August 1993 BIRTHDAY Zaur Sizo, Russian footballer
7th of August 0461 DEATH Majorian, Roman Emperor (assassinated) (Born 420)
7th of August 0479 DEATH Emperor Yuryaku of Japan
7th of August 1106 DEATH Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (Born 1050)
7th of August 1485 DEATH Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince
7th of August 1613 DEATH Thomas Fleming, English judge (Born 1544)
7th of August 1616 DEATH Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (Born 1548)
7th of August 1635 DEATH Friedrich von Spee, German writer (Born 1591)
7th of August 1639 DEATH Martin van den Hove, Dutch scientist (Born 1605)
7th of August 1661 DEATH Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (Born 1608)
7th of August 1817 DEATH Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (Born 1739)
7th of August 1834 DEATH Joseph Marie Jacquard, French weaver and inventor (Born 1752)
7th of August 1848 DEATH Jons Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (Born 1779)
7th of August 1855 DEATH Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (Born 1802)
7th of August 1864 DEATH Li Xiucheng, late Taiping's Field Marshal and soul person.(Born 1823)
7th of August 1893 DEATH Alfredo Catalani, Italian musician (Born 1854)
7th of August 1912 DEATH Francois-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (Born 1841)
7th of August 1917 DEATH Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (Born 1891)
7th of August 1938 DEATH Constantin Stanislavski, Russian/Soviet theatre practitioner (Born 1863)
7th of August 1941 DEATH Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author, Nobel Prize Laureate (Born 1861)
7th of August 1953 DEATH Abner Powell, American baseball player (Born 1860)
7th of August 1957 DEATH Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (Born 1892)
7th of August 1960 DEATH Luis Angel Firpo, Argentine Boxer (Born 1894)
7th of August 1969 DEATH Joseph Kosma, French composer (Autumn Leaves) (Born 1905)
7th of August 1970 DEATH Harold Haley, American judge (Born 1904)
7th of August 1970 DEATH Jonathan Jackson, instigator of the Marin County Civic Center shootout and brother of Black Panther George Jackson (Born 1953)
7th of August 1972 DEATH Joi Lansing, American model and actress (Born 1929)
7th of August 1972 DEATH Aspasia Manos, wife of king Alexander of Greece (Born 1896)
7th of August 1973 DEATH Jack Gregory, Former Australian cricketer (Born 1895)
7th of August 1974 DEATH Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (Born 1925)
7th of August 1974 DEATH Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (Born 1902)
7th of August 1984 DEATH Esther Phillips, American singer (Born 1935)
7th of August 1985 DEATH Grayson Hall, American actress (Born 1923)
7th of August 1987 DEATH Camille Chamoun, Lebanese President (Born 1900)
7th of August 1989 DEATH Mickey Leland, American politician, United States Congressman from Texas (Born 1944)
7th of August 1991 DEATH Billy T. James, New Zealand comedian, (Born 1944)
7th of August 1992 DEATH John Anderson, American actor (Born 1922)
7th of August 1994 DEATH Larry Martyn, comedy actor (Born 1934)
7th of August 1995 DEATH Brigid Brophy, British author (Born 1929)
7th of August 1999 DEATH Brion James, American actor (Born 1945)
7th of August 2003 DEATH Mickey McDermott, baseball player (Born 1929)
7th of August 2004 DEATH Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (Born 1915)
7th of August 2004 DEATH Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (Born 1948)
7th of August 2005 DEATH Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (Born 1938)
7th of August 2006 DEATH Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (Born 1911)
7th of August 2007 DEATH Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (Born 1931)
7th of August 2007 DEATH Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (Born 1919)
7th of August 2007 DEATH Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer. (Born 1917)
7th of August 2008 DEATH Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (Born 1931)
7th of August 2008 DEATH Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A. (Born 1957)
7th of August 2009 DEATH Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (Born 1933)
7th of August 2009 DEATH Mike Seeger, American folk musician (Born 1933)

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