August 7: Day of the Week
August 7, 2018 was the 219th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 146 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Kayōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 7: This Day in History
The Northern Hemisphere is considered to be halfway through its summer and the Southern Hemisphere half way through its winter on this day.
August 7 Historical Event(s)
- 322 BCBattle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon.
- 936Coronation of King Otto I of Germany.
- 1714The Battle of Gangut: the first important victory of the Russian Navy.
- 1782George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart.
- 1933The Simele massacre: The Iraqi Government slaughters over 3,000 Assyrians in the village of Sumail. The day becomes known as Assyrian Martyrs Day.
- 1944IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I).
- 1947The Bombay Municipal Corporation formally takes over the Bombay Electric Supply and Transport (BEST).
- 1947Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7000 km journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
- 1964Vietnam War: the U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving US President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.
- 1970California judge Harold Haley is taken hostage in his courtroom and killed during in an effort to free George Jackson from police custody.
Who were born on August 7?
- 1779Carl Ritter, German geographer (d. 1859)
- 1921Manitas de Plata, French guitarist
- 1926Géza Kádas, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1979)
- 1931Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
- 1944Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
- 1964Michael Weishan, American TV host
- 1980Anomie Belle, American musician
- 1983Christian Chavez, Mexican singer and actor (RBD)
- 1988Beanie Wells, American football player
- 1990Josh Franceschi, English singer-songwriter
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