spotlight Highlights from history: August 7 Aug 7, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1942: Guadalcanal In 1942, U.S. and other allied forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II. (Japanese forces abandoned the island the following February.) Sherman Montrose 1964: Gulf of Tonkin resolution In 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, giving President Lyndon B. Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces. AP 1971: Apollo 15 In 1971, the Apollo 15 moon mission ended successfully as its command module splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1989: U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland In 1989, a plane carrying U.S. Rep. Mickey Leland, D-Texas, and 14 others disappeared over Ethiopia. (The wreckage of the plane was found six days later; there were no survivors.) Rick Bowmen 1998: U.S. embassy bombings On August 7, 1998, terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. KEN KARUGA 2000: Al Gore & Joseph Lieberman In 2000, Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore selected Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman as his running mate; Lieberman became the first Jew on a major party's presidential ticket. JIM COLE 2005: Peter Jennings In 2005, ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings died in New York at age 67. CHARLES DHARAPAK 2009: Hillary Clinton Africa Ten years ago: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on a tour of Africa, urged South Africans to press for political and economic reforms in neighboring Zimbabwe. DENIS FARRELL 2010: Elena Kagan In 2010, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. J. Scott Applewhite 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, warning they would be launched if needed to defend Americans from advancing Islamic militants and protect civilians under siege. Charles Dharapak 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Obama signed a $16.3 billion measure aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. J. Scott Applewhite 2014: Theodore Wafer Five years ago: A jury convicted a suburban Detroit homeowner of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of an unarmed woman on his porch, rejecting Theodore Wafer's claim that he was afraid for his life when he heard Renisha McBride pounding on his door in the middle of the night and had acted in self-defense. (Wafer was sentenced to at least 17 years in prison.) Paul Sancya 2018: Sharice Davids One year ago: Sharice Davids won a Democratic congressional primary in Kansas, becoming the state's first Native American and gay nominee for Congress. (Davids went on to become one of the first two Native American women elected to the House.) Charlie Riedel 2018: Stan Mikita, One year ago: Hall of Fame hockey forward Stan Mikita, who helped the Chicago Black Hawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup, died at the age of 78. ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight Test your lawn care IQ promotion spotlight Which season are you?