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
Philippe Petit, World Trade Center, Man on a Wire

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.