On this day: August 7

POSTED: 2:38 PM PDT August 6, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT August 6, 2016 
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.