History Blog

August 7

Happy Birthday RIP Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer (1927–1959) Mary “Billie” Burke(1884–1970) ; John Glover Jr–77 Wayne Knight–66 Paul Bruce Dickinson–63 David Duchovny–61 Michael Shannon–47 Charlize Theron–46 Eric Johnson–42 Randy Wayne Frederick–40 ; 1782 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart ; 1981 – The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication