On this day: August 7

POSTED: 03:38 PM MDT Aug 06, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Aug 07, 2013 
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.