On this day: August 7

POSTED: 3:38 PM Aug 06 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Aug 07 2013

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 - Mata Hari
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1876: Mata Hari is born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. She would go on to be an exotic dancer, courtesan and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I.

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