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August 7 Events and Birthdays

Today in History- August 7th

Happy Birthday!
1876 Mata Hari, mysterious Dutch dancer (accused of being a double agent for both the French and German armies during WWI)
1885 Billie Burke, actress (Glinda, the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz)
1903 Louis Leakey, anthropologist/archaeologist (also, mentor of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas)
1903 Rudolf Ising, cartoonist (Milky Way, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies)
1927 Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa from Our Gang, The Little Rascals)
1942 Garrison Keillor, radio host/ writer (A Prairie Home Companion, Lake Wobegon Days)
1942 B.J. Thomas, singer (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
1944 John Glover, actor (Annie Hall, Riddler's voice on Batman-The Animated Series)
1944 David Rasche, actor (Sledge Hammer, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood)
1952 Caroline Aaron, actress (Edward Scissorhands,Dr. Marcia Fieldstone from Sleepless in Seattle)
1955 Wayne Knight, actor (Newman from Seinfeld, Jurassic Park, 3rd Rock from the Sun)
1960 David Duchovny, actor (Special Agent Fox Mulder from The X-Files)
1968 Harold Perrineau Jr., actor (Link from The Matrix Reloaded)
1975 Charlize Theron, actress (Monster, Mighty Joe Young, The Cider House Rules)

1957 Oliver Hardy, comedian/ actor (Laurel and Hardy)
2005 Peter Jennings, news anchor

1782 Purple Heart given out. But wasn't name Purple Heart until later.

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