TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
On this day in history:
1789 - The US War Department was established by the US Congress.
1928 - Dingo hunter Frederick Brooks is killed, sparking the Coniston Massacre of Australian Aborigines.
1914 - Germany invaded France.
1942 - US forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during the Second World War.
1947 - The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki, which had carried a six-man crew 4300 miles across the Pacific Ocean, crashed into a reef in a Polynesian archipelago.
1960 - The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.
1974 - French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.
1981 - After 128 years of publication, The Washington Star ceased all operations. 1985 - Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.
1987 - The presidents of five Central American nations, met in Guatemala City, and signed an 11-point agreement designed to bring peace to their region. 1987 - Lynne Cox becomes first person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.
1989 - U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.
1990 - US President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.
1999 - The Chechnya-based Islamic International Brigade invades neighboring Dagestan. 2003 - In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.
2003 - Stephen Geppi bought a 1963 G.I. Joe prototype for $200,000.
2008 - The start of the Russo-Georgian War over the territory of South Ossetia.