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On This Day…

On This Day…

Hello.

We’re glad you are here and starting your Saturday with us. This is the time in the week where we like to slow things down just a bit and take a “scroll down memory lane.”

It’s a simple look back at the events on the pages of history that led us to this day. So, grab your favorite morning sippin’ drink and lets get ready to scroll.

Today is Saturday, August 7th, the 219th day of the year.  There are 146 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1782, during the Revolutionary War, United States General George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart.  It was re-established in 1932.  The decoration honors the efforts of members of the U.S. armed forces wounded or killed in battle with opposing armed forces.   

In 1789, Congress established the U.S. War Department.

In 1882, the famous feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky broke out.

In 1942,  U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal.  This marked the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War Two.

In 1957, comedian, actor Oliver Hardy died at the age of 65. He made up half of the legendary comedy team Laurel and Hardy.

In 1963, Jackie Kennedy, wife of President John F. Kennedy, gave birth to a son named Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.  The infant passed away two days later due to a respiratory disease.

In 1974, musician Peter Wolf married actress Faye Dunaway.

In 1974, French daredevil Philip Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

In 1985, cable television mogul Ted Turner bought Metro Goldwyn Mayer for one-and-a-half billion dollars.

In 1998, a terrorist bomb explosion at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people including 12 Americans.

In 2000, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman became the first Jew on a major party’s presidential ticket when Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Lieberman to be his running mate. 

In 2003, Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his plans to run for Governor of California on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” 

In 2004, Greg Maddux became the 22nd pitcher in big league history to reach the 300-win plateau when his Chicago Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-4 at SBC Park. 

In 2005, veteran ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings lost his battle with cancer, just four months after announcing he had been stricken with the illness.  The 67-year-old Jennings, a longtime smoker, died at his home in New York.  Jennings had been the anchor of “World News Tonight” since 1983 and was with ABC for over 40 years.  During his time at the network, Jennings covered a variety of major international stories including the Olympic hostage crisis in Munich in 1972 and the war in Vietnam.  

In 2007, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds broke the record long held by baseball great Hank Aaron by hitting his 756th home run. 

In 2015, the Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was sentenced to life without parole.  Holmes was convicted for killing a dozen people and wounding 70 others during a July 2012 shooting spree.  Verdict forms indicated the jury could not agree on a death sentence, leading to the lesser punishment. 

In 2018, China banned the release of the movie “Christopher Robin” after it had a character that mocked China’s president.

In 2018, “Crazy Rich Asians,” the first Hollywood film with all-Asian cast, starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding and Michelle Yeoh premieres in Los Angeles.

In 2018, the CW network announced Ruby Rose has been cast as lesbian superhero “Batwoman.”

And that lands us here, to today.

Whatever your own personal 8.7.2021 has in store for you, here’s hoping it’s full of moments to remember.

Thanks for Stopping by!

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