The Week in History: August 7-11

It is time for another “The Week in History” sponsored by Cox Family Practice! We will give you insight on what happened this week in history. As always if there is an event that happened this week in history that we did not mention, then feel free to let us know here in the comments section, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

August 7

1782: George Washington created the Badge of Military Merit, later known as the Purple Heart
1909: The Lincoln penny was first issued by the US
1970: The first computer chess tournament was held
1991: US high jump record broken by Charles Austin at 7’10 1/2″

August 8

1977: The Texas Rangers turned their first triple play in franchise history
1997: Randy Johnson (Mariners) struck out 19 Chicago White Sox in one game
2004: QB John Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
2008: The 29th Olympic games opened in Beijing, China

August 9

1936: Jesse Owens won his 4th gold medal at the Berlin Olympics
1964: The Rolling Stones played their first concert in the Netherlands
1975: Houston defeated the Saints 13-7 in the first NFL game played in the Louisiana Superdome
2002: Barry Bonds hit his 600th home run of his career

August 10

1960: “Psycho” a film by Alfred Hitchcock debuted in Los Angeles
1981: Pete Rose (Reds) made his 3,631st career hit, breaking Stan Musial’s NL hit record
1997: The US won the 36th Walker Cup 18-6
1997: Greg Maddux signed a 5 year, $575 million deal to play for the Atlanta Braves

August 11

1919: The Green Bay Packers’ franchise was founded by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun
1929: Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run (first professional player to do so)
1956: “Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley was released
1980: Reggie Jackson (Yankees) hit his 400th career home run

If you know of an event that happened next week in history, then lets us know and we  will it in next week’s “The Week in History” post.

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