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

2007Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.

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

1620Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

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

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

1938Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run

1907Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland

2010Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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

1956Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

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

1961Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US

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

1912Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for pres

1985Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

August 7th Historical Events
Date Event
322
Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great
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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 
1573
Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure 
1575
Spanish troops conquer Oudewater, almost all inhabitants died 
1606
Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I
1620
Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft 
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 
1782
George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army 
1789
Congress creates Department of War & Lighthouse Service 
1802
Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti) 
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
5 German warships anchor at Zanzibar 
1888
Theophilus Van Kannel of Phila 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 
1907
Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland 
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 
1912
Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for pres 
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
Assault against Russell's Top at Gallipolis, 232 Australians die 
1915
St Louis 3rd base coach Miller Huggins, calls for ball Bkln rookie obliges, Huggins steps aside, & Card runner scores 
1921
Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter 
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 
1929
Jo Baer (born Josephine Kleinberg), Seattle USA, American artist 
1930
A large mob estimated at 2,000 lynch two young black men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana 
1930
Richard Bedford Bennet forms Canadian government 
1930
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King loses the election to Richard Bedford Bennett of the Conservative Party 
1933
The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day. 
1934
US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses" 
1935
60% of voters agrees to nazism in Danzig (Gdansk) 
1938
Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run 
1938
Nazis close theologic department of Innsbruck university 
1940
Churchill recognizes De Gaulle 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). 
1946
1st coin bearing portrait of Negro authorized 
1947
Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef 
1947
The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST). 
1947
Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean 
1948
1st Dutch government of Beel resigns 
1948
Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6) 
1949
"All after Love" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 121 perfs 
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
"Golden Apple" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances 
1954
Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate 
1955
Bar-Ilan University founded in Israel 
1955
KSTF TV channel 10 in Scottsbluff-Gering, NB (CBS/NBC) begins 
1955
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan. 
1956
Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans 
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 
1960
Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open 
1961
Cosmonaut Gherman Titov circles Earth for a full day in Vostok 2 
1961
Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US 
1962
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1963
Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland 
1964
31st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago 28, All-Stars 17 (65,000) 
1964
Turkey begins air attack on Greek-Cypriots 
1964
US Congress approves Gulf of Tonkin resolution 
1966
Race riot in Lansing Michigan 
1970
1st computer chess tournament 
1970
Christine Perfect (McVie) joins Fleetwood Mac 
1970
WDHN TV channel 18 in Dothan, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting 
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 
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
Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Colgate-European Golf Open 
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 
1977
"Shenandoah" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 1,050 performances 
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
"Merlin" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 199 performances 
1983
1st World Track & Field Championships 
1983
65th PGA Championship: Hal Sutton shoots a 274 at Riviera CC LA 
1983
Bobby Murcer Day at Yankee Stadium 
1983
Grete Waitz of Norway wins 1st all-women Marathon (Helsinki, Finland) 
1983
Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
1983
Some 675,000 AT&T employees strike 
1984
David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" premieres in NYC 
1984
Japan beats US for olympic gold medal in baseball 
1984
Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing Yankee 
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 
1985
Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album" 
1985
Baseball players end a 2 day strike 
1985
Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts. 
1986
"Honky Tonk Nights" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 4 performances 
1986
Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina 
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
Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament 
1988
Writers guild end their 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
Desert Shield begins - US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia 
1990
NY Yankee Kevin Mass sets record with 12th HR in 1st 92 at bats & becomes 21st to hit a ball into 3rd deck of Seattle's Kingdome 
1991
Charles Austin breaks US high jump record at 7'10½" 
1991
Court rules Manuel Noriega, may access some secret US documents 
1991
Darrin Lewis hits his 1st major league HR 
1991
Manhattan Cable final day of amnesty to return illegal cable boxes 
1991
US sets 400m relay record at 37.67 seconds 
1992
Cleveland Indians turn a triple play 
1992
Tampa Bay group purchases SF Giants 
1993
"Camelot" closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 56 performances 
1993
Tropical storm Brett ravages Venezuela, 118 killed 
1994
"Hedda Gabler" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 33 performances 
1994
1st telephone link between Israel & Jordan 
1994
Carolyn Hill wins McCall's LPGA Golf Classic at Stratton Mountain 
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 
2007
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run. 
2008
Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War. 
2010
Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame 
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 
2016
Venus Williams Loses in 1st Round of Singles at Rio Olympics 
2016
Japan protests over China's radar unit near disputed waters 
2016
Banned Russians quietly added back to Olympic swimming 
2017
South Korea, US agree to pressure North Korea, China hopes for North-South talks 
2017
China media stress limits to North Korea sanctions, slam US 'arrogance' 
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