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 - Whiskey Rebellion
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1794: President George Washington invokes the Militia Law of 1792 to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania. The rebellion consisted of farmers upset over having to pay a new tax for grain sold in the form of whiskey.

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