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Today In History - August 7

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Today in History in 1938 Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run; in 1956 Boston Red Sox fined Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans; in 2007 Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron’s home run record; and in 2010 Jerry Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.
  • 1606 - Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.
  • 1782 - George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
  • 1882 - Hatfields of south West Virginia and McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die
  • 1912 - Progressive (Bull Moose) Party nominates Theodore Roosevelt for president
  • 1934 - US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"
  • 1938 - Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run
  • 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and his fellow adventurers aboard the Kon-Tiki reach the Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia after 101 days at sea crossing the Pacific Ocean
  • 1956 - Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans
  • 1959 - The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design
  • 1963 - Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st US First Lady to give birth (Patrick Kennedy) since Mrs Cleveland
  • 2007 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run.
  • 2010 - Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1742 - Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General
  • 1876 - Mata Hari, [Margaretha G Zelle], dancer/courtesan/spy (WW I)
  • 1884 - Billie Burke [Mary William Ethelbert Appleton], Washington, DC, American actress (The Wizard of Oz, Merrily We Live)
  • 1903 - Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)
  • 1904 - Ralph Bunche, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)
  • 1942 - B J Thomas, Hugo, Oklahoma, American singer (Raindrops, Growing Pains Theme)
  • 1942 - Garrison Keillor, Minn, PBS radio personality (Prairie Home Companion)
  • 1975 - Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)

Famous Weddings

  • 1869 - Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg
  • 1936 - Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)
  • 1954 - Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)
  • 1966 - Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
  • 1974 - Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J Geils Band
  • 1987 - "Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada
  • 1995 - Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson
  • 2004 - "The Wonder Years" actor Fred Savage (28) weds commercial real estate agent Jennifer Stone (31) in Los Angeles
  • 2008 - Singer-songwriter Jewel (38) weds rodeo champion Ty Murray (42) at The Cove Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • 2010 - British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at Beverly Hills mansion
  • 2010 - "Dancing in the Dark" host Rossi Morreale (33) weds one half of identical twin country duo "Kate and Kacey" Kacey Coppola at the Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua

Famous Deaths

  • 1106 - Henry IV, Roman German king/emperor (1056/84-1105), dies at 54
  • 1657 - Robert Blake, English admiral (Dover, Dungeness), dies at about 57
  • 1917 - Squadron Commander E.H. Dunning, first pilot to land his aircraft on a moving ship. (b. 1891)
  • 1957 - Oliver Hardy, comedian of Laurel & Hardy, dies at 65
  • 1992 - John Anderson, actor, dies of heart attack at 69
  • 2005 - Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (b. 1938)

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