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On This Day: August 07th

This is 219th day of the year and 146 days remain in the year.

in history
1789
Congress established the U.S. War Department.
1947
The wooden raft Kon-Tiki, which carried Thor Heyerdahl and five companions more than 4,000 miles, crashed into a reef in the Pacific.
1959
The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of Earth.
1964
Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which expanded President Johnson's use of military powers in the Vietnam War.
1987
Lynne Cox becomes the first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, making the 2.7 mile trip through the frigid waters of the Bering Strait. Cox is surprised by the (relatively) warm welcome she receives from the Soviets.
1998
U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, by terrorists. Some 224 were killed and more than 5,500 injured.
2000
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Conn., was selected by Al Gore to be the first Jewish vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket.
2007
Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron on baseball’s all-time homerun list. The record, however, is discredited by many because of Bond’s alleged steroid use.
August 07 BirthdaysRalph Johnson Bunche1904–71, U.S.. government official and UN diplomat, b. Detroit, Ph.D., Harvard, 1934.
Louis Leakeyanthropologist
Mata Harispy
Don Larsenbaseball player
Alonso de Ercilla y Zunigapoet
Paulina Wright Davissuffragist
Nathanael Greenegeneral
Charlize Theronactress



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