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This Day in History for August 7

1782 – George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original mane 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 US President.

1927 – Peace Bridge between US and Canada dedicated.

1939 – Millionaire Howard Hughes is presented with a Congressional Gold Medal.

1942 – 1st American offensive in Pacific in WW II, Guadalcanal, Solomon Island.

1946 – 1st US commemorative coin of an African American, Booker T. Washington (half dollar)

1953 – Eastern Airlines enters jet age, uses Electra prop-jet.

1955 – Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.

1957 – Congress passes the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

1960 – Arnold Palmer’s 20th PGA Tour win, rallies from a 5-stroke deficit to enter a playoff, then beats Jack Fleck and Bill Collins to win the Insurance City Open.

1961 – Soviet premier Khrushchev predicts USSR economy will surpass US.

1971 – Apollo 15 returns to Earth.

1981 – “The Washington Star” ceases all operations after 128 year of publication.

1989 – U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in plane crash in Ethiopia.

1990 – US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia beginning Operation Desert Island.

2000 – Los Angeles Lakers announce retirement of former star player and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry West; name Mitch Kupchak to succeed him.

2010 – Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Randle, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Floyd Little & Dick LeBeau are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2018 – China bans release of Winnie the Pooh movie “Christopher Robin”, after character used to mock Chinese President Xi Jinping.

2019 – Largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi as nearly 700 people arrested.

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