11 things that happened this day in history - 7th August

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1588 - The English launch an assault on the Spanish Armada

2. 1782 - George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart

3. 1789 - Congress establishes the U.S. War Department

4. 1914 - Lord Kitchner says 'Your country needs you'

5. 1948 - A new Olympic Games record is set in London when 83,000 spectators attend the final day of track and field events

6. 1957 - Oliver Hardy (half of the Laurel and Hardy comedy team) dies in North Hollywood

7. 1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walks a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center

8. 1975 - The actress Charlize Theron is born

9. 1987 - A Los Angeles judge throws out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who had committed suicide while listening to Ozzy's song, Suicide Solution

10. 1995 - British athlete Jonathan Edwards breaks the world triple-jump record at the World Athletic Championships in Gothenberg, with a jump of 18.29 metres

11. 2003 - Arnold Schwarzenegger announces that he will run for the office of Governor of California

Sources: BBC, Wikipedia,historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk,brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com, thepeoplehistory, onthisdayinhistory.com

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