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.
1942: The Battle of Guadalcanal begins. The United States Marines initiate the first American offensive of World War II with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
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