Events in History on August 7

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

322 BC Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.

Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia Alexander the Great
Macedonian King and Conqueror of Persia
Alexander the Great
  • 626 Battle at Constantinople: Slavic/Persians/Avarenvloot defeated
  • 768 Stephen III [IV] begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 936 Otto I the Great becomes King of Germany
  • 1409 Council of Pisa closes
  • 1461 Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor
  • 1479 Battle of Guinegate: Emperor Maximilian I vs King Louis XI
  • 1485 Henry Tudor's (Henry VII to be) army lands in Milford Haven, South Wales

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1573 Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure

Vice Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Vice Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1575 Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died

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1606 Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.

Playwright William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI

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1620 Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

Astronomer Johannes Kepler
Johannes Kepler
  • 1620 Battle at Ponts-the-Ce, Poitou: French king Louis XIII beats his mother Marie de Medici
  • 1710 Sidney, 1st Earl of Godolphin resigns as English minister of Finance
  • 1714 The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy during the Great Northern War against Sweden
  • 1750 Slave uprising on Curacao
  • 1760 Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians

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1782 George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1789 US Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service

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1802 Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1814 Pope Pius VII reinstates the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
  • 1819 Battle of Boyacá; Bolívar defeats Spanish in Colombia
  • 1820 1st potatoes planted in Hawaii
  • 1864 Battle of Moorefield, WV
  • 1879 The opening of the Poor Man's Palace in Manchester.
  • 1882 Hatfields of south WV & McCoys of east Ky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • 1884 Germany annexes Angra Pequena (Southwest-Africa)
  • 1885 Five German warships anchor off Zanzibar
  • 1888 Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door
  • 1893 53rd Congress (1893-95) convenes
  • 1900 Diamond workers in Amsterdam strike
  • 1904 Train derailed on bridge in Eden Colo during a flash flood, kills 96
  • 1908 The first train to travel the length of New Zealand's North Island 'main trunk line', leaves Wellington
  • 1909 US issues 1st Lincoln penny

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1912 Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for US President

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1914 Engagement between British cruiser HMS Gloucester and German cruisers SMS Breslau and SMS Goeben off Greece
  • 1914 French government awards King Albert of Belgium the Great Cross
  • 1914 French troops under Gen Bonneau occupy Altkitrch at Elzas
  • 1914 German army occupies city of Liege, Belgium
  • 1914 Lord Kitchener says "Your country needs you" poster spreads over UK
  • 1914 Russia invades East Prussia
  • 1915 WWI: Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, Turkey - 232 Australians are killed
  • 1915 St Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Bkln rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, & Card runner scores
  • 1925 League of Nation advises against Turk/Iraqi division of Mosoelgebied
  • 1927 Peace Bridge between US & Canada dedicated
  • 1927 US 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 A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1930 Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King loses the election to Richard Bedford Bennett of the Conservative Party

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • 1933 The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.

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1934 US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • 1935 60% of voters agrees to nazism in Danzig (Gdansk)
  • 1938 Nazis close theologic department of Innsbruck university
  • 1940 Churchill recognizes De Gaulle's French government in exile
  • 1940 Largest amount paid for a stamp ($45,000 for 1 1856 British Guiana)
  • 1940 Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
  • 1941 551 Jews are shot in Kishnev ghetto in Romania
  • 1942 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW2, Guadalcanal, Solomon Is
  • 1942 Dutch 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 US 3rd Army reaches suburbs of Brest, Brittany
  • 1944 IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).

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1946 1st US commemorative coin of an African American, Booker T. Washington (half dollar)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1947 The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).

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1947 Thor Heyerdahl and his crew of the Kon-Tiki crash into a reef in the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days crossing the Pacific Ocean

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • 1948 1st Dutch government of Beel resigns
  • 1950 Police bar white players-Lou Chirban, Stan Mierko, & Frank Dyle, from playing in Negro League
  • 1951 Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket reaches 1,992 kph
  • 1951 US Viking rocket reaches 210 km height (record)
  • 1953 Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet
  • 1954 Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
  • 1954 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1955 Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel
  • 1955 Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan
  • 1956 British government sends 3 aircraft carriers to Egypt
  • 1956 Dynamite transport explodes in Colombia; about 1200 die
  • 1957 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1959 Explorer 6 transmits 1st TV photo of Earth from space
  • 1959 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • 1960 Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) gains independence from France
  • 1960 Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches
  • 1961 Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2

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1961 Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1962 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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1963 Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland

  • 1964 Turkey begins air attack on Greek Cypriots
  • 1964 US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1965 Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore signs a separation agreement with Malaysia, after 2 years of political union

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1966 Race riot in Lansing Michigan
  • 1970 1st computer chess tournament
  • 1970 Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac
  • 1970 Shootout at Marin Courthouse in San Rafael, California, kills 4, including the presiding judge
  • 1971 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
  • 1971 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • 1972 Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez & Early Wynn
  • 1974 Philippe Petit walks tightrope strung between twin towers
  • 1976 US Viking 2 goes into Martian orbit after 11-month flight from Earth
  • 1976 Scientists in Pasadena, California, announce Viking I found strongest indications to date of possible life on Mars
  • 1978 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss, & 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
  • 1981 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • 1983 1st World Track & Field Championships
  • 1983 Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium
  • 1983 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • 1984 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • 1984 Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing Yankee
  • 1985 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts.
  • 1985 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with SA President P W Botha, following calls by the church for urgent discussions on the causes of unrest, forced removals and the emergency regulations in the country
  • 1987 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • 1987 Javed Miandad scores 260 v England at The Oval, 28 fours 1 six
  • 1987 Lynne Cox swims 4.3 km from US to USSR in 39°F (4°C) Bering Sea
  • 1988 Writers guild ends its 6 months strike
  • 1988 Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
  • 1988 Angola, Cuba and South Africa allegedly signed a cease fire treaty
  • 1989 U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • 1990 Operation Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia

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1991 Court rules Manuel Noriega, may access some secret US documents

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1991 Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes
  • 1991 US sets 400m relay record at 37.67 seconds
  • 1993 Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed
  • 1994 1st telephone link between Israel & Jordan
  • 1994 Ernesto Samper sworn in as president of Colombia
  • 1997 STS 85 (Discovery 23) launches into orbit
  • 1997 Ung Huot appointed Cambodia's 1st premier

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2007 "Eclipse" 3rd book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown - initial print run 1 million copies

  • 2008 Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War.
  • 2012 21 people are killed by a gun attack in a church in Okene, Nigeria
  • 2012 Heavy rain forces 20,000 people to flee their homes in Manila, Phillipines
  • 2012 200,000 people are evacuated from Shanghai in anticipation of Typhoon Haikui
  • 2013 11 people are killed by a bombing in Karachi, Pakistan