Daily Calendar for Monday, August 7, 2023


  • Carl Ritter (geographer) –
  • Rudolf C. Ising (co-creator of Looney Tunesβ€β€œ) –
  • Garrison Keillor (radio host) –
  • B. J. Thomas (singer) –
  • Wayne Knight (actor) –
  • David Duchovny (actor) –
  • Charlize Theron (actress) –


  • Oliver Hardy (comedian & actor) –
  • Mickey Leland (U.S. congressman) –
  • Peter Jennings (journalist) –


  • La Salle’s Le Griffon, first ship to sail upper Great Lakes, entered Lake Erie–
  • George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit for U.S. soldiers injured in action. It later became known as the Purple Heart–
  • The United States War Department established–
  • Service began at first deaf church in U.S., St. Ann’s Church for Deaf Mutes, N.Y.C.–
  • Silver discovered in northern Ontario–
  • Peace Bridge opened–
  • U.S. satellite Explorer VI launched–
  • The Don Messer Show premiered on CBC television–
  • Love Canal, N.Y., was declared a disaster area–
  • Record-breaking flight around world by single-engine plane completed (6 days, 7 hours, 25 minutes, 47 seconds)–
  • President George Bush ordered the military buildup known as Operation Desert Shield in response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait earlier in the month–
  • At the Summer Olympics, Katie Ledecky swam the 400m freestyle in 3:56.46, setting a world record–


  • New York City had a low of only 102 degrees F by day and 82 degrees F by night, and Philadelphia reached a record high of 106 degrees F–
  • The temperature in Claysville, Pennsylvania, reached 108 degrees F–
  • A hailstorm severely damaged a passenger train near Pinneo, Colorado.–
  • Waco, Texas, recorded a temperature of 107 degrees F–
  • Marquette, Michigan, experienced a high temperature of 88 degrees F–
  • The temperature plummeted to 30 degrees F in Martin, South Dakota–
  • The temperature plummeted to 37 degrees F in Belcourt, North Dakota–
  • The temperature plummeted to 40 degrees F in Valentine, Nebraska–

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