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August 7 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 7. The list is arranged in chronological order.

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  • 322 BC
    Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedonia.
  • 461
    Roman Emperor Majorian is beheaded near the river Iria in north-west Italy following his arrest and deposition by the magister militum Ricimer.
  • 626
    The Avar and Slav armies leave the siege of Constantinople.
  • 936
    Coronation of King Otto I of Germany.
  • 1420
    Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.
  • 1427
    The Visconti of Milan’s fleet is destroyed by the Venetians on the Po River.
  • 1461
    The Ming dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.
  • 1679
    The brigantine Le Griffon, commissioned by René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, is towed to the south-eastern end of the Niagara River, to become the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes of North America.
  • 1714
    The Battle of Gangut: The first important victory of the Russian Navy.
  • 1782
    George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
  • 1789
    The United States Department of War is established.
  • 1791
    American troops destroy the Miami town of Kenapacomaqua near the site of present-day Logansport, Indiana in the Northwest Indian War.
  • 1794
    U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
  • 1819
    Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.
  • 1858
    The first Australian rules football match is played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.
  • 1879
    The opening of the Poor Man’s Palace in Manchester, England.
  • 1890
    Anna Månsdotter becomes the last woman in Sweden to be executed, for the 1889 Yngsjö murder.
  • 1909
    Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California.
  • 1927
    The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
  • 1930
    The last confirmed lynching of blacks in the Northern United States occurs in Marion, Indiana. Two men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, are killed.
  • 1933
    The Simele massacre: The Iraqi government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Simele. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
  • 1938
    The Holocaust: The building of Mauthausen concentration camp begins.
  • 1940
    World War II: Alsace-Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal begins as the United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
  • 1944
    IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
  • 1946
    The government of the Soviet Union presented a note to its Turkish counterparts which refuted the latter’s sovereignty over the Turkish Straits, thus beginning the Turkish Straits crisis.
  • 1947
    Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7000 km journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
  • 1947
    The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
  • 1955
    Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
  • 1959
    The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the “sheaves of wheat” design, and was minted until 2008.

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