Aug. 7, 1990: After Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, President George H.W. Bush ordered Operation Desert Shield. Operation Desert Shield was the beginning of the U.S. military buildup that culminated in Operation Desert Storm, which freed Kuwait. The U.S. did not invade Iraq itself in 1991; Defense Secretary Cheney said it wasn't worth the casualties or "getting bogged down."
Aug. 7, 1998: President Bill Clinton vowed revenge after al Qaeda bombed U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Twelve Americans were among the 224 killed.
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