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Calendar for August 7th, 2013

1679: La Salle's Le Griffon, first ship to sail upper Great Lakes, entered Lake Erie

Born 1779: Carl Ritter (geographer)

1789: The United States War Department established

1859: Service began at first deaf church in U.S., St. Ann's Church for Deaf Mutes, N.Y.C.

1903: Silver discovered in northern Ontario

Born 1903: Rudolf C. Ising (co-creator of "Looney Tunes")

1927: Peace Bridge opened

Born 1942: Garrison Keillor (radio host)

Born 1942: B. J. Thomas (singer)

Born 1955: Wayne Knight (actor)

Died 1957: Oliver Hardy (comedian & actor)

1959: The Don Messer Show premiered on CBC television

1959: U.S. satellite Explorer VI launched

Born 1960: David Duchovny (actor)

Born 1975: Charlize Theron (actress)

1978: Love Canal, N.Y., was declared a disaster area

1982: Record-breaking flight around world by single-engine plane completed (6 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes, 47 seconds)

Died 1989: Mickey Leland (U.S. congressman)

1990: President George Bush ordered the military buildup known as Operation Desert Shield in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait earlier in the month

Died 2005: Peter Jennings (journalist)

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