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 - Louis Leakey
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1903: British archaeologist Louis Leakey is born in British East Africa (modern-day Kenya). His work was important in establishing human evolutionary development in Africa. He died of a heart attack at age 69 on Oct. 1, 1972.

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