About August 7

August 7, 2021 is the 219th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 146 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 178 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    Explorer program: Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • 1964
    Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world’s oldest tree, is cut down.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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