On this day: August 7

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 06, 2016 

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 - Mauthausen concentration camp
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1938: The building of Mauthausen concentration camp begins in Germany. Initially a single camp at Mauthausen, it expanded over time and, by the summer of 1940, the camp had become one of the largest labor camp complexes in German-controlled Europe. The largest prisoner of war contingent was Soviet, the second largest was Spanish.


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