August 07

This Day in History

1942

Marines Land on Guadalcanal

On August 7, 1942, 11,000 U.S. troops land on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands located east of New Guinea, and successfully take over the airfield. On the 2,510-square-mile island, Japan was … (more...)

1854

Japan’s "Rising Sun" Flag Becomes Official

On this day in 1854, Japan established the Hinomaru or Nisshoki, the familiar sun-disc design on its national flag. The Hinomaru was to be the official flag flown from its ships. The bold, simple … (more...)