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August 7th History

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August 7th In Pop Culture History

1782 - George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed the Purple Heart.

1909 - Alice Huyler Ramsey and three other women became the first women to complete a transcontinental automobile trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York, New York to San Francisco, California. Alice drove the whole trip.

1930 - Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, two accused African-American criminals were taken from jail by a mob and lynched. Lawrence Beitler took a picture of the mob and bodies, inspiring Abel Meeropol to write a poem, "Bitter Fruit." It was later rephrased as "Strange Fruit" and recorded by Billie Holiday.

1944 - IBM announced the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, known best as the Harvard Mark I. It used 765,000 components and hundreds of miles of wire and weighed about 5 tons.

1954 - #1 Hit August 7, 1954 - September 24, 1954: The Crew-Cuts - Sh-Boom

1955 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (became Sony in 1958) sold its first transistor radios in Japan.

1959 - The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny went into circulation. It replaced the "wheat" design, and was minted until 2008.

1959 - Explorer 6 launches from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite fell back to Earth on July 1, 1961

1965 - #1 Hit August 7, 1965 - August 13, 1965: Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry VIII, I Am

1971 - #1 Hit August 7, 1971 - September 3, 1971: Bee Gees - How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

1975 (Typhoon) Nina, China

1976 - #1 Hit August 7, 1976 - September 3, 1976: Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart

1976 - Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars. The lander went onto the Mars surface on September 3, 1976, and took pictures and analyzed soil samples until July, 1980.

1978 - The US Government made funds available to offer federal assistance for the Love Canal Disaster

1992 - Growing Pains actress Tracy Gold was hospitalized for anorexia and is written out of most of the final episodes for the series

2004 - #1 Hit August 7, 2004 - August 20, 2004: Juvenile featuring Soulja Slim - Slow Motion

2007 - High School Musical 2 aired on The Disney Channel

Celebrity Birthdays

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Billie Burke (1885)
Abbie Cornish (1982)
Jenny Craig (1932)
Bruce Dickinson (1958)
Domino Harvey (1969)
Wayne Knight (1955)
Charlize Theron (1975)
David Duchovny (1961)
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