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Notable Historical Events for August 7th

1573Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth after a year spent raiding for Spanish treasure

1956Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

1782George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army

1938Leo Durocher, hits 2,000th Dodger home run

1934US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses"

1606Possible first performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth performed in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace for King James I.

1802Napoleon orders re-instatement of slavery on St Domingue (Haiti)

1907Walter Johnson wins 1st of his 416 wins, 7-2 over Cleveland

1930Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King loses the election to Richard Bedford Bennett of the Conservative Party

1620Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

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Notable Birthdays on August 7th

1876Mata Hari, [Margaretha G Zelle], dancer/courtesan/spy (WW I)

1904Ralph Bunche, Detroit Michigan, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), (d. 1971)

1975Charlize Theron, Transvaal, South Africa, actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster)

1560Elizabeth Báthory, Nyírbátor, Hungarian countess and serial killer

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Notable Weddings on August 7th

1869Inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin (31) weds Isabella Freiin von Wolff from the house of Alt-Schwanenburg

1966Latin music king Xavier Cugat (60) weds singer Charo (20) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

2010British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at Beverly Hills mansion

1995Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

1987"Magnum, P.I." actor Tom Selleck (42) weds actress and dancer Jillie Mack (29) in Incline Village, Nevada

1954Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

1974Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J Geils Band

2008Singer Jewel Kilcher (34) weds rodeo cowboy Ty Murray (38) in the Bahamas

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Notable Deaths on August 7th

2005Peter Jennings, Canadian-born news anchor (b. 1938)

1941Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer, dies at 80

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