What Happened on August 7


Historical Events

1954 – “Golden Apple” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 125 performances
1954 – Charles Mahoney becomes 1st US black to serve as a full UN delegate
1984 – Harmonica Frank [Floyd], American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player dies of lung cancer and diabetes complications at 75
1984 – David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” premieres in NYC
1992 – The Orlando Magic signs NBA No. 1 draft pick Shaquille O’Neal
2009 – “Tik Tok” single released by Kesha (Billboard Song of the Year 2010)

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Famous Birthdays

1884 – (Mary) “Billie” Burke, American radio, stage, silent and sound film actress (Zieigfield Follies; The Wizard of Oz; Merrily We Live), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1970)
1932 – Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), born in London, England (d. 2011)
1943 – Alain Corneau, French director (Choice of Arms), born in Meung-sur-Loire, France (d. 2010)
1947 – Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own), born in Tzaneen, South Africa
1951 – Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympic silver 400m medley 1968, 200m butterfly 1972, bronze 100m butterfly 1976; 5 x WR), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
1964 – John Birmingham, Australian author, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Famous Deaths

1821 – Caroline of Brunswick, Queen Consort of King George IV (1820-21), dies at 53
1848 – Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, dies at 68
1912 – François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss hydrologist (b. 1841)
1943 – Gustav Schmidt, German army general, commits suicide to avoid capture by the Russian army at 49
2004 – Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
2020 – Lê Khả Phiêu, Vietnamese leader, General Secretary (1997-2001), dies at 88

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