AUGUST 7th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1947 : Wood raft made 4,300 mile voyage | & more about history on this day in the video…  Kon-Tiki, a balsa wood raft captained by Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, completed a 4,300 mile journey in 101 days from Peru to Raroia in the Tuamotu Archipelago, near Tahiti. Heyerdahl wanted to prove his theory that prehistoric South Americans could have colonized the Polynesian islands by drifting on ocean currents.

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1782 ~ George Washington ordered the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It was later renamed the Purple Heart.

1789 ~ The United States Department of War is established.

1858 ~ The 1st Australian rules football match was played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.

1927 ~ The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.

1944 ~ IBM dedicated the 1st program controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, best known best as the Harvard Mark I.

1947 ~ Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashed into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day journey of 7,000 kilometres (4,300 miles) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic people could have traveled from South America.

1955 ~ Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, sold its first transistor radios in Japan.

1959 ~ The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny went into circulation. It replaced the sheaves of wheat design, and was minted until 2008.

1959 ~ Explorer 6 launched from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA.

1960 ~ Côte d’Ivoire became independent from France.

1974 ~ Philippe Petit performed a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center at a height of 1,368 feet (417m) in the air.

1976 ~ Viking 2 entered orbit around Mars.

1979 ~ Several tornadoes hit the city of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and surrounding areas.

1981 ~ The Washington Star ceased all operations after 128 years of publication.

1985 ~ Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan’s 1st astronauts.

1987 ~ Lynne Cox became the 1st person to swim from the United States to the Soviet Union, crossing from Little Diomede Island in Alaska to Big Diomede in the Soviet Union.

1989 ~ U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others died in a plane crash in Ethiopia.

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