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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 - Apollo 15
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NASA

1971: The Apollo 15 command module returns to Earth, splashing down in the North Pacific Ocean. Although only two of the module's three parachutes deploy, it lands safely because the third chute is for redundancy and not necessary for landing.

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