On this day: August 7

Published On: Aug 06 2012 05:38:08 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 07 2014 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 - Charlize Theron
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1975: Actress Charlize Theron, best known for movies such as "The Cider House Rules," "Monster," "North Country" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," is born in Benoni, South Africa. Theron won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in "Monster" and was also nominated for "North Country."

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