Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 7
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|1782 – The Bronze Horseman, an equestrian statue of Peter the Great that serves as one of the symbols of Saint Petersburg, Russia, was unveiled.||ref improve section|
|1927 – The official opening ceremony of the Peace Bridge between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, at the east end of Lake Erie, was held two months after it opened to the public.||ref improve|
|1938 – Prisoners from Dachau concentration camp were sent to begin construction of Mauthausen, which would later be part of one of the largest labour camp complexes in German-occupied Europe.||expansion|
|1947 – An expedition led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl on his raft, the Kon-Tiki, completed a 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.||refimprove|
|1965 – Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman of the Federation of Malaysia demanded that Singapore withdraw from the federation, choosing to "sever ties with a State Government that showed no measure of loyalty to its Central Government."||multiple issues|
- 1679 – Le Griffon, a brigantine built by René-Robert de La Salle, became the first sailing ship to navigate the upper Great Lakes.
- 1782 – The Badge of Military Merit, the precursor to the United States' Purple Heart award, was established as a military decoration in the Continental Army.
- 1909 – Fifty-nine days after leaving New York City, Alice Huyler Ramsey, with three friends, arrived in San Francisco to become the first woman to drive an automobile across the US.
- 1933 – An estimated 3,000 Assyrians were slaughtered by Iraqi troops during the Simele massacre in the Dahuk and Mosul districts.
- 1942 – World War II: US Marines initiated the first American offensive of the Guadalcanal Campaign with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
- 1944 – IBM presented the first program-controlled calculator to Harvard University, after which it became known as the Mark I.
- 1970 – Jonathan Jackson kidnapped California Superior Court judge Harold Haley in an attempt to free Jackson's brother George from prison.
- 1985 – In Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Essex, England, a local magistrate and his family were murdered in what The Times described as "a classic whodunit".
- 1998 – Car bombs exploded simultaneously at the American embassies in the East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, killing more than 200 people and injuring more than 4,500 others.
- 1999 – The Chechnya-based Islamist militia group Islamic International Brigade invaded the neighbouring Russian republic of Dagestan in support of the Shura of Dagestan separatist movement.
- 2007 – Barry Bonds surpassed Hank Aaron's career home run total with his milestone 756th home run.
- 1461 – Ming Chinese general Cao Qin staged a failed coup against the Tianshun Emperor.
- 1794 – US President George Washington invoked the Militia Acts of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.
- 1946 – The Soviet Union informed Turkey that the way the latter was handling the Turkish Straits no longer represented the security interests of its fellow Black Sea nations, escalating the Turkish Straits crisis.
- 1978 – Two years after the discovery of toxic waste that had been negligently disposed of, US President Jimmy Carter declared a federal health emergency in the Love Canal neighborhood (pictured in 2012) of Niagara Falls, New York.
- 2008 – Georgia launched a large-scale military offensive against the separatist region of South Ossetia, opening the six-day Russo-Georgian War.