7th August

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1998 Bombs explode outside US Embassies Bombs explode outside the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania killing more than 200 and injuring more than 5,000.
1947 Kon-Tiki makes landfall The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki makes landfall in a Polynesian archipelago after carrying six crew members 4,300 miles.
1942 US troops land on Guadalcanal US forces land on Guadalcanal and successfully take over the airfield but despite the landing fierce fighting continues with Japanese forces until February 1943.
1926 First British Grand Prix The first British Grand Prix is staged at Brooklands, the winner is Robert Senechal who averaged 72 miles per hour on the 287 mile, 110 lap race.
1858 Ottawa to be Canada capital Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa to be the capital of the Dominion of Canada.
1782 Purple Heart aware created George Washington creates the Purple Heart decoration to recognise merit in enlisted men and non-commissioned officers.

 

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On This Day - 7th August