About August 7

August 7, 2024 is the 220th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 146 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Leo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 175 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

August 7: More About This Day

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

What Happened On August 7

  • 322 BC
    Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon.
  • 626
    The Avar and Slav armies leave the siege of Constantinople.
  • 936
    Coronation of King Otto I of Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1927
    The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
  • 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
    Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1998
    The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.
  • 2007
    Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th home run.

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