On this day: August 7

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 06, 2014 

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 - Viking 2
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NASA

1976: Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars. The orbiter worked until July 25, 1978, returning almost 16,000 images in 706 orbits around Mars.

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