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Births, Deaths, and Events for 7 August

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Thought For The Day

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317   Constantius II - Roman emperor (337-61)
1598   Georg Stiernhielm - "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules)
1742   Nathanael Greene - American Revolutionary War General
1779   Carl Ritter - cofounder of modern science of geography
1783   John Heathcoat - inventor (lace-making machinery)
1876   Mata Hari - dancer/courtesan/spy (WW I)
1885   Billie Burke - Washington, DC, actress (Glinda-The Wizard of Oz)
1886   Louis Hazeltine - inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
1903   Louis Leakey - anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal)
1904   Ralph J. Bunche - a founder & UN diplomat (Nobel 1950)
1926   Stan Freberg - Los Angeles, CA, satirist/ad executive
1927   Edwin W. Edwards - (Gov-La)
1928   "Amazing" James Randi - Toronto, Ontario, skeptic magician
1932   Ann Harding - US, actress (East is West, Janie)
1938   Helen Caldicott - Melbourne, Australia, physician/anti-war activist
1942   Anjanette Comer - Dawson, TX, actress (Baby, Lepke)
1942   B.J. Thomas - singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
1942   Garrison Keillor - Anoka, MN, PBS radio personality (Prairie Home Companion)
1943   Lana Cantrell - Sydney, Australia, singer (Those Were the Days)
1944   John Glover - Kingston, NY, actor (52 Pick-Up, Something Special)
1950   Rodney Crowell - singer/guitarist (for Emmylou Harris)
1956   Kent V Rominger - Del Norte, CO, US Navy Lt Commander/astronaut
1958   Alberto Salazar - marathoner (NYC Marathon Winner)
1960   Jacquie O'Sullivan - rocker (Bananarama-Venus)
1960   David Duchovny - New York, NY, actor ("X Files")
1963   Harold Perrineau - Brooklyn, NY, actor ("Oz", "Lost", Matrix movies)
1963   Marcus Lewis - Pontiac, MI, singer (Sing me a Song)
1975   Charlize Theron - Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa, actress (Aeon Flux, Monster)



1867   Ira Aldridge - actor dies at 63 in Lodes Poland
1937   Harold Wobber, first person to commit suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge, left a note saying "This is where I get off."
1957   Oliver Hardy - comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65
1991   Shotzie - Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
2004   Paul "Red" Adair - oil field firefighter, dies at 89
2005   Peter Jennings - news anchor (ABC), dies at 67 from lung cancer



   Sea Serpent Day
1498   Columbus arrives in Caribbean
1620   Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft
1782   George Washington creates Order of the Purple Heart
1789   U.S. War Department established
1819   Battle of Boyac; Bol¡var defeats Spanish in Colombia
1820   1st potatoes planted in Hawaii, a proud moment in potato history
1882   Hatfields of south West Virginia & McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
1888   Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
1912   Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president
1927   Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
1934   US Court of Appeals upholds lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel Ulysses
1937   First suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge, less than three months after it opened
1938   2 die in a NYC subway accident
1941   551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
1942   1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
1946   1st coin bearing portrait of Negro authorized
1947   Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef
1951   Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
1953   Eastern Airlines enters the jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
1954   Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
1959   Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
1960   Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
1960   Ivory Coast (C“te d'Ivoire) gains independence from France
1961   Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2
1963   Jackie Kennedy becomes 1st First Lady to give birth since Mrs. Cleveland
1964   US 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.
1971   Apollo 15 returns to Earth
1974   Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center
1976   US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
1976   JPL Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
1983   Some 675,000 employees strike AT&T
1985   Barbra Streisand records "The Broadway Album"
1987   5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
1988   Writers Guild ends their 6 months strike
1990   Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia
1990   Saudi Arabia allows US troops on their soil to stop an Iraqi invasion
1991   Court rules Manuel Noriega may access some secret US documents
1991   Manhattan Cable's final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes



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