Tagged: Purple Heart

THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY

August 7 in history:

George Washington established one of the highest U.S. military awards on this date in 1782, when he ordered the creation of the Purple Heart for the Continental Army.  It became a permanent honor after World War I.

High-wire walker Philippe Petit walked for 45 minutes between the rooftops of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York on this date in 1974.  His feat was immortalized in the 2008 documentary “Man on Wire.”

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants achieved baseball immortality on August 7th, 2007, by breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record.  Bonds hit homer number 756 against the Washington Nationals.

Another baseball star with an achievement yet to be equaled was born on this date in 1929.  Pitcher Don Larsen remains the only person to throw a perfect game in a World Series, doing it for the Yankees in 1956.

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