On this day: August 7

Published On: Aug 06 2012 05:38:08 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 07 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Wayne Knight
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1955: Actor Wayne Knight, best known for his role as Newman in the sitcom "Seinfeld," is born in New York City. Knight is also known for his roles in movies like "Jurassic Park," "Space Jam" and "Toy Story 2."

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