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On this day: August 7

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 06, 2013 

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 - Battle of Guadalcanal
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U.S. Marine Corps

1942: The Battle of Guadalcanal begins. The United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of World War II with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.

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