On this day: August 7

Published: Aug 06 2012 05:38:08 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 07 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Purple Heart is born, a comic legend dies, a man on a wire goes for a stroll a quarter of a mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan, and U.S. embassies in Africa are targeted in a terrorist attack, all on this day.

OTD August 7 - Barry Bonds
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2007: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th career home run.

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