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 - Alice Ramsey
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Library of Congress

1909: Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York City to San Francisco.

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