1574 – Robert Dudley the English explorer and cartographer was born on the 7th August 1574 (died 1649).
1789 – The United States Department of War was established on the 7th August 1789.
1779 – Louis de Freycinet the French explorer was born on the 7th August 1779 (died 1842).
1779 – Carl Ritter the German geographer was born on the 7th August 1779 (died 1859).
1844 – Auguste Michel-Lévy the French geologist was born on the 7th August 1844 (died 1911).
1860 – Alan Leo the English astrologer and author was born on the 7th August 1860 (died 1917).
1867 – Emil Nolde the German painter was born on the 7th August 1867 (died 1956).
1903 – Louis Leakey the Kenyan-English archaeologist was born on the 7th August 1903 (died 1972).
1907 – Albert Kotin the American painter was born on the 7th August 1907 (died 1980).
1916 – Kermit Love the American puppeteer, costume designer, and actor was born on the 7th August 1916 (died 2008).
1921 – Manitas de Plata the French guitarist was born on the 7th August 1921.
1925 – Felice Bryant the American songwriter was born on the 7th August 1925 (died 2003).
1926 – Stan Freberg the American voice actor and singer was born on the 7th August 1926.
1930 – Togrul Narimanbekov the Azerbaijani painter was born on the 7th August 1930 (died 2013).
1932 – Rien Poortvliet the Dutch painter was born on the 7th August 1932 (died 1995).
1938 – The building of Mauthausen concentration camp began.
1940 ~ Ringo Starr (MBE) the English musician, singer, songwriter and drummer from for The Beatles was born Richard Starkey at 9 Madryn Street, Dingle, Liverpool, England on the 7th July 1940. Ringo Starr’s official website: www.RingoStarr.com | Facebook.com/RingoStarrMusic
1942 – B. J. Thomas the American singer was born on the 7th August 1942.
1947 – Thor Heyerdahl‘s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki smashed into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on the 7th August 1947, after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 miles) journey across the Pacific Ocean, in an attempt to prove that pre-historic people could have travelled from South America.
1948 – Greg Chappell the Australian cricketer and coach was born on the 7th August 1948.
1952 – Alexei Sayle the English comedian, actor, and author was born on the 7th August 1952.
1960 – Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) became independent from France on the 7th August 1960.
1960 – David Duchovny the American actor was born on the 7th August 1960.
1964 – John Birmingham the Australian author was born on the 7th August 1964.
1975 – Charlize Theron, South African model and actress was born on the 7th August 1975.
1975 – David Hicks the Australian alleged terrorist was born on the 7th August 1975.
1981 – The Washington Star ceased all operations on the 7th August 1981, after 128 years of publication.
2013 ~ Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake was released on the 7th August 2013. Drake’s official website: www.DrakeOfficial.com | Drake’s Twitter verified: www.twitter.com/Drake | Drake’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/DrakeVevo | Drake MySpace: www.myspace.com/Drake | Drake on iTunes | YouTube video: Drake Performs Hold On, We’re Going Home (2013) on The Ellen Show…
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