On This Day In History, 7 August

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World Events Today

  • The United States Badge of Military Merit, the predecessor of the Purple Heart, was introduced by General George Washington today in 1782
  • The Battle of Guadalcanal started today in 1942, it was the first major land offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan
  • The Ivory Coast, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, gained its independence from France today in 1960

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American country pop musician Garth Brooks held a free concert in Central Park in New York today in 1997, an estimated 1 million fans attended the event, which was also filmed and broadcast live on the HBO network
  • Eclipse, the third novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, was published today in 2007
  • The American singer-songwriter Kesha released her debut single Tik Tok today in 2009, it was the best-selling single in the world in 2010

Family Events Today

  • The American comic actor Oliver Hardy, one half of the Laurel and Hardy silent film duo, died today in 1957 aged 65
  • The American internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, was born today in 1966 in Alabama
  • The actress Charlize Theron, who starred in many movies, including Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, was born today in 1975 in South Africa

Main Event Today

  • The Peace Bridge, between New York in the United States and Ontario in Canada, was officially opened today in 1927

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Lighthouse Day

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