All Events

Historical Events on August 7

  • George Washington


    George 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.

  • President of the United States


    U.S. President George Washington invokes the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.

  • World War II


    World War II: Alsace-Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich.

  • Guadalcanal Campaign


    World War II: The Battle of Guadalcanal begins as the United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.

  • Soviet Union


    The government of the Soviet Union presented a note to its Turkish counterparts which refuted the latter's sovereignty over the Turkish Straits, thus beginning the Turkish Straits crisis.

  • Vietnam War


    Vietnam War: The U.S. Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on American forces.

  • Jimmy Carter


    U.S. President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal due to toxic waste that had been disposed of negligently.

  • Gulf War


    First American soldiers arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the Gulf War.

  • Russo-Georgian War


    The start of the Russo-Georgian War over the territory of South Ossetia.