On This Day

On This Day in History for August 7 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1981 "The Washington Star" ceases all operations after 128 years of publication
  • 1983 1st Athletics World Championships open in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1983 Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike
  • 1984 David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC
  • 1985 Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1985 A delegation of the South African Council of Churches meets with 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

President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1987 5 Central American presidents sign peace accord in Guatemala
  • 1987 Lynne Cox becomes the 1st woman to swim from the US to the Soviet Union, 4.3 km across the Bering Sea in water temperature averaging 43 to 44 °F (6 to 7 °C)
  • 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

Saudi ArabiaOperation Desert Shield

1990 US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia beginning Operation Desert Shield

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US troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield
US troops in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Courts 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
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

  • 2008 Beginning of the Russo-Georgian War: Georgia moves troops into self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Tskhinva who are supported by Russia. First European war of the 21st century.
  • 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, Philippines
  • 2012 200,000 people are evacuated from Shanghai in anticipation of Typhoon Haikui
  • 2013 11 people are killed by a bombing in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2018 Mendocino Fire becomes the largest recorded fire in California's history at 290,600 acres, overtaking 2017 Thomas Fire
  • 2018 Swedish furniture brand Ikea opens its first store in India in Hyderabad
  • 2018 Australia's population hits 25 million according to Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • 2019 Largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi as nearly 700 people arrested
  • 2019 Wanda Vazquez becomes Puerto Rico's third governor in a week after her predecessor Pedro Pierluisi is removed by the supreme court
  • 2019 Bodies of two teenagers at center of huge manhunt and suspected of killing three people on remote British Columbia roads found after apparent suicides

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