August 7: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- In 1820, potatoes were planted in Hawaii for the first time.
- In 1909, the U.S. issues the first Lincoln penny.
- In 1947, the Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300 mile journey from Peru to the Polynesian Islands near Tahiti to prove that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized there.
- In 1974, a stuntman walked a tightrope that was strung between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center.
- In 1987, the first recorded swim from the United States to the Soviet Union across the freezing waters of the Bering Strait was completed by Lynne Cox.
- Famous Birthdays: Ralph Bunche (civil rights activist), Mata Hari (WWI spy), Louis S. B. Leakey (archaeologist and anthropologist), Garrison Keillor (writer, humorist), B. J. Thomas (singer)
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