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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

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

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

2010Jerry Rice is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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

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

1985Barbra Streisand records "Broadway Album"

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

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

1620Johannes Kepler's mother arrested for witchcraft

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Notable Birthdays on August 7th

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

1903Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)

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

1560Elizabeth Báthory, Nyírbátor, Hungarian countess and serial killer

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Notable Weddings on August 7th

1974Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J Geils Band

1995Rapper LL Cool J (27) weds Simone Johnson

1936Animator William Hanna (26) weds Violet Blanch Wogatzke (23)

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

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

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

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

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

August 7th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on August 7th

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

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

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