August 7

This is a day of daring feats from Kon Tiki to Man on a Wire;  highs and lows of US military history in Asia and the 15th anniversary of the tragic bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  It is ironic that the announcement of the Washington Post sale comes only days before the anniversary of the closure of its former competitor – The Washington Star.

1933

Assyrian Massacre in Iraq

The Simele massacre: The Iraqi government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Simele. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.

1942

Battle of Guadalcanal

The Battle of Guadalcanal begins.  United States Marines initiate the first major American offensive of the Pacific war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.  Their ultimate victory was a turning point in the war.

1947

Kon-Tiki Crosses Pacific

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.  Below is the trailer for the 2012 film based on the journey.

1964

Congress Passes Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

The U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.

1974

World Trade Center High Wire

Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air.

1978

Love Canal Emergency

U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of.

1981

Washington Star Closes

The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.

1998

US Embassy Bombings in Tanzania and Kenya

The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people

2007

Barry Bonds Breaks Aaron’s Record (Kind of)

Barry Bonds hits 756th* home run to “break” Hank Aaron’s home run record.

2010

Kagan Sworn In

Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Birthdays

1904

Ralph Bunche, the first person of color to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, was born in Detroit.

1945

Alan Page, defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Supreme Court justice, born in Canton, Ohio (where he is enshrined in the Football Hall of Fame).

1966

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales born in Huntsville, Alabama.

1987

Canadian and Pittsburgh hockey hero Sidney Crosby born in Halifax.

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