What happened on August 7? There are more than 254 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 7

August 7 In HistoryAugust 7 is the 220th day of the year 2020. There are 146 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 32nd week of the year 2020.

On this day in Morgantown, West Virginia 26507 sunrise occured at 06:25 AM and sunset occured at 08:24 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 189 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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August 7: A Day In History

The Northern Hemisphere is considered to be halfway through its summer and the Southern Hemisphere half way through its winter on this day.

Historical Events For August 7

  • 322 BC
    Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon.
  • 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 War Department is established.
  • 1791
    United States 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 Law of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
  • 1819
    Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.
  • 1879
    The opening of the Poor Man’s Palace in Manchester.
  • 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 City to San Francisco.
  • 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 Sumail. 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 – 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).
  • 1947
    The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
  • 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.
  • 1955
    Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sells its first transistor radios in Japan.
  • 1959
    Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 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.
  • 1960
    Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent.
  • 1964
    Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree, is cut down.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving US President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
  • 1965
    The infamous first party between Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters and motorcycle gang the Hells Angels takes place at Kesey’s estate in La Honda, California introducing psychedelics to the gang world and forever linking the hippie movement to the Hell’s Angels.
  • 1966
    Race riots occur in Lansing, Michigan.
  • 1967
    Vietnam War: the People’s Republic of China agrees to give North Vietnam an undisclosed amount of aid in the form of a grant.
  • 1970
    California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
  • 1974
    Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1368 ft in the air.
  • 1976
    Viking program: Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars.
  • 1978
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of.
  • 1979
    Several tornadoes struck the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and the surrounding communities.
  • 1981
    The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • 1985
    Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.
  • 1989
    U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
  • 1998
    The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
  • 1999
    The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invades the neighbouring Russian Republic of Dagestan.
  • 2007
    Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run.

Who Were Born On August 7?

  • 317
    Constantius II, Roman emperor (d. 361)
  • 1282
    Princess Elizabeth of Rhuddlan (d. 1316)
  • 1533
    Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (d. 1595)
  • 1560
    Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer (d. 1614)
  • 1574
    Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
  • 1598
    Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish poet (d. 1672)
  • 1726
    James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)
  • 1734
    Maria Anna Josepha of Bavaria, consort of Baden-Baden (d. 1776)
  • 1742
    Nathanael Greene, American Revolutionary general (d. 1786)
  • 1751
    Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (d. 1820)
  • 1779
    Carl Ritter, German geographer (d. 1859)
  • 1779
    Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • 1783
    Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom (d. 1810)
  • 1844
    Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist (d. 1911)
  • 1860
    Alan Leo, British astrologer (d. 1917)
  • 1862
    Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1931)
  • 1867
    Emil Nolde, German painter (d. 1956)
  • 1868
    Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)
  • 1876
    Mata Hari, Dutch spy (d. 1917)
  • 1877
    Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • 1879
    Johannes Kotze, South African cricketer (d. 1931)
  • 1884
    Billie Burke, American actress (d. 1970)
  • 1901
    Ann Harding, American actress (d. 1981)
  • 1903
    Louis Leakey, British archaeologist (d. 1972)
  • 1904
    Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1907
    Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • 1911
    István Bibó, Hungarian lawyer and politician (d. 1979)
  • 1911
    Nicholas Ray, American director and scenarist (d. 1979)
  • 1913
    George Van Eps, American guitarist (d. 1998)
  • 1918
    Gordon Zahn, American sociologist and pacifist (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Manitas de Plata, French guitarist
  • 1925
    Felice Bryant, American country songwriter and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1925
    M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist
  • 1926
    Géza Kádas, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1979)
  • 1926
    Stan Freberg, American voice comedian
  • 1927
    Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1927
    Carl Switzer, American child actor (d. 1959)
  • 1927
    Edwin W. Edwards, American politician
  • 1928
    James Randi, Canadian-American magician
  • 1928
    Romeo Muller, American screenwriter (d. 1992)
  • 1929
    Don Larsen, American baseball player
  • 1931
    Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
  • 1932
    Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian athlete (d. 1973)
  • 1932
    Edward Hardwicke, British actor (d. 2011)
  • 1932
    Maurice Rabb, Jr., American ophthalmologist
  • 1933
    Eddie Firmani, South African football player and coach
  • 1934
    Sándor Simó, Hungarian film producer, director and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1936
    Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American saxophonist (d. 1977)
  • 1937
    Don Wilson, England cricketer
  • 1937
    Zoltán Berczik, Hungarian table tennis player (d. 2011)
  • 1939
    Anjanette Comer, American actress
  • 1940
    Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician
  • 1942
    B.J. Thomas, American singer
  • 1942
    Caetano Veloso, Brazilian musician
  • 1942
    Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer
  • 1942
    Garrison Keillor, American writer and radio host
  • 1942
    Tobin Bell, American actor
  • 1943
    Alain Corneau, French film director {d. 2010}
  • 1943
    Lana Cantrell, Australian-American singer and entertainment lawyer
  • 1944
    David Rasche, American actor
  • 1944
    John Glover, American actor
  • 1944
    Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • 1945
    Alan Page, American football player and Minnesota Supreme Court justice
  • 1946
    Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
  • 1947
    Franciscus Henri, Dutch-born Australian entertainer
  • 1948
    Greg Chappell, Australian cricketer and coach
  • 1948
    Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author
  • 1949
    Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader
  • 1950
    Alan Keyes, American diplomat and political activist
  • 1951
    Joachim Thiel, German footballer
  • 1952
    Alexei Sayle, British comedian
  • 1953
    Anne Fadiman, American writer; daughter of Clifton Fadiman
  • 1954
    Jonathan Pollard, Israeli spy
  • 1955
    Diane Downs, American convicted murderer
  • 1955
    Greg Nickels, American politician
  • 1955
    Gregoris Valtinos, Greek actor and director
  • 1955
    Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
  • 1955
    Wayne Knight, American actor
  • 1957
    Alexander Dityatin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1957
    Caroline Aaron, American actress
  • 1958
    Alberto Salazar, American distance runner
  • 1958
    Bruce Dickinson, English singer (Iron Maiden)
  • 1958
    Russell Baze, Canadian-born American horse racing jockey
  • 1959
    Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1960
    David Duchovny, American actor
  • 1960
    Jacquie O'Sullivan, British singer (Bananarama)
  • 1961
    Brian Conley, English comedian
  • 1961
    Yelena Davydova, Soviet gymnast
  • 1962
    Alain Robert,French urban climber
  • 1962
    Alison Brown,banjo player and guitarist
  • 1962
    Bruno Pelletier, Québécois singer
  • 1963
    Harold Perrineau Jr., American actor
  • 1963
    Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, son of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (d. 1963)
  • 1964
    John Birmingham, Australian author
  • 1964
    Michael Weishan, American TV host
  • 1966
    Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur
  • 1966
    Kristin Hersh, American singer and guitarist (Throwing Muses)
  • 1967
    Jason Grimsley, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (d. 1998)
  • 1969
    Paul Lambert, Scottish Footballer and Manager
  • 1970
    Eric Namesnik, American swimmer (d. 2006)
  • 1971
    Dominic Cork, England cricketer
  • 1971
    Rachel York, American actress and singer
  • 1971
    Sydney Penny, American actress
  • 1972
    Greg Serano, American actor
  • 1973
    Danny Graves, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Kevin Muscat, Australian footballer
  • 1973
    Zane Lowe, New Zealander DJ/ Radio and Television presenter
  • 1974
    Andrejs Štolcers, Latvian footballer
  • 1974
    Chico Benymon, American actor
  • 1974
    Michael Shannon, American actor
  • 1974
    Sek Loso, Thai Singer
  • 1975
    Charlize Theron, South African actress
  • 1975
    David Hicks, Australian alleged terrorist
  • 1975
    Edgar Rentería, Colombian baseball player
  • 1975
    Gaahl (Kristian Eivind Espedal), Norwegian musician
  • 1975
    Hans Matheson, Scottish Actor
  • 1975
    Koray Candemir, Turkish singer
  • 1975
    Vanessa Stacey, New Zealand actress
  • 1976
    Dimitrios Eleftheropoulos, Greek footballer
  • 1976
    Shane Lechler, American football player
  • 1977
    Charlotte Ronson, British fashion designer
  • 1977
    Samantha Ronson, British DJ
  • 1978
    Alexandre Aja, French director
  • 1978
    Cirroc Lofton, American actor
  • 1978
    Jamey Jasta, American singer (Hatebreed)
  • 1978
    Mark McCammon, Barbadian football player
  • 1978
    Shirley Yeung, Hong Kong actress
  • 1978
    Vanness Wu, Taiwanese singer
  • 1979
    Birgit Zotz, Austrian writer and anthropologist
  • 1979
    Eric Johnson, American actor
  • 1979
    Wendy van der Plank, English actress
  • 1980
    Anomie Belle, American musician
  • 1980
    Aurélie Claudel, French model
  • 1980
    Tácio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982
    Marco Melandri, Italian motorcycle racer
  • 1982
    Vasileios Spanoulis, Greek basketball player
  • 1982
    Yana Klochkova, Ukrainian swimmer
  • 1983
    Andriy Hryvko, Ukrainian cyclist
  • 1983
    Christian Chavez, Mexican singer and actor (RBD)
  • 1983
    Tina O'Brien, British actress
  • 1984
    Stratos Perperoglou, Greek basketball player
  • 1986
    Nancy Sumari, Tanzanian Beauty Queen and Model, (Miss World 2005)
  • 1986
    Paul Biedermann, German swimmer
  • 1986
    Valter Birsa, Slovenian footballer
  • 1987
    Mustapha Dumbuya, English footballer
  • 1987
    Rouven Sattelmaier, German footballer
  • 1987
    Ryan Lavarnway, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1987
    Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
  • 1988
    Beanie Wells, American football player
  • 1988
    Melody Oliveria, American internet blogger
  • 1989
    DeMar DeRozan, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Helen Flanagan, English actress
  • 1990
    Josh Franceschi, English singer-songwriter
  • 1993
    Zaur Sizo, Russian footballer

Who Died On August 7?

  • 461
    Majorian, Roman Emperor (b. 420)
  • 479
    Emperor Yūryaku of Japan
  • 1106
    Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1050)
  • 1485
    Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince
  • 1613
    Thomas Fleming, English judge (b. 1544)
  • 1616
    Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (b. 1548)
  • 1635
    Friedrich von Spee, German writer (b. 1591)
  • 1639
    Martin van den Hove, Dutch scientist (b. 1605)
  • 1661
    Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
  • 1817
    Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (b. 1739)
  • 1834
    Joseph Marie Jacquard, French weaver and inventor (b. 1752)
  • 1848
    Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (b. 1779)
  • 1855
    Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (b. 1802)
  • 1864
    Li Xiucheng, Chinese General in the Taiping Rebellion.(b. 1823)
  • 1893
    Alfredo Catalani, Italian musician (b. 1854)
  • 1912
    François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
  • 1917
    Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
  • 1938
    Constantin Stanislavski, Russian/Soviet theatre practitioner (b. 1863)
  • 1941
    Rabindranath Tagore, Indian author, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1861)
  • 1953
    Abner Powell, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1957
    Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (b. 1892)
  • 1960
    Luis Ángel Firpo, Argentine Boxer (b. 1894)
  • 1969
    Joseph Kosma, French composer (Autumn Leaves) (b. 1905)
  • 1969
    Joseph Kosma, Hungarian-French composer (b. 1905)
  • 1970
    Harold Haley, American judge (b. 1904)
  • 1970
    Jonathan Jackson, instigator of the Marin County Civic Center shootout and brother of Black Panther George Jackson (b. 1953)
  • 1972
    Aspasia Manos, wife of king Alexander of Greece (b. 1896)
  • 1972
    Joi Lansing, American model and actress (b. 1929)
  • 1973
    Jack Gregory, Former Australian cricketer (b. 1895)
  • 1974
    Rosario Castellanos, Mexican poet (b. 1925)
  • 1974
    Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • 1984
    Esther Phillips, American singer (b. 1935)
  • 1985
    Grayson Hall, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1987
    Camille Chamoun, Lebanese President (b. 1900)
  • 1989
    Mickey Leland, American politician, United States Congressman from Texas (b. 1944)
  • 1991
    Billy T. James, New Zealand comedian, (b. 1944)
  • 1992
    John Anderson, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1994
    Larry Martyn, comedy actor (b. 1934)
  • 1995
    Brigid Brophy, British author (b. 1929)
  • 1999
    Brion James, American actor (b. 1945)
  • 2003
    Mickey McDermott, baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • 2004
    Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)
  • 2005
    Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Angus Tait, New Zealand electronics innovator and businessman (b. 1919)
  • 2007
    Ernesto Alonso, Mexican actor, director and producer. (b. 1917)
  • 2007
    Hal Fishman, Los Angeles based local news anchor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008
    Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A. (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • 2009
    Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • 2009
    Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • 2010
    Roberto Cantoral, Mexican singer-songwriter (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    Nancy Wake, British war agent (b. 1912)

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