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

  • 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.
  • 1420
    Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.
  • 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.
  • 1791
    United States troops destroy the Miami town of Kenapacomaqua near the site of present-day Logansport, Indiana in the Northwest Indian War.
  • 1819
    Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich.
  • 1944
    IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1974
    Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1368 ft in the air.
  • 1978
    U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of.
  • 1985
    Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.
  • 1998
    The United States embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya kill approximately 212 people.

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