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Calendar for August 7th, 2014

1670s

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

  • 1770s

  • Born 1779: Carl Ritter (geographer)

  • 1780s

  • 1789: The United States War Department established

  • 1850s

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

  • 1900s

  • 1903: Silver discovered in northern Ontario

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

  • 1920s

  • 1927: Peace Bridge opened

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: B. J. Thomas (singer)

  • Born 1942: Garrison Keillor (radio host)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1955: Wayne Knight (actor)

  • Died 1957: Oliver Hardy (comedian & actor)

  • 1959: U.S. satellite Explorer VI launched

  • 1959: The Don Messer Show premiered on CBC television

  • 1960s

  • Born 1960: David Duchovny (actor)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1975: Charlize Theron (actress)

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

  • 1980s

  • 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)

  • 1990s

  • 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

  • 2000s

  • Died 2005: Peter Jennings (journalist)


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