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7/14/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - July 14

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Today in History in 1789 the French Revolution began with the fall of Bastille; in 1870 the U.S. Congress granted Mary Todd a life pension; and in 1969 the U.S. officially withdrew from circulation the $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1223 - Louis VIII becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II
  • 1771 - Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
  • 1789 - Bastille Day-French Revolution begins with the fall of Bastille
  • 1798 - US Sedition Act prohibits "false, scandalous & malicious" writing against government
  • 1850 - 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration
  • 1870 - The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in the amount of $3,000 a year
  • 1914 - 1st patent for liquid-fueled rocket design granted (Robert Goddard)
  • 1933 - NSDAP (Nazis) becomes only political party in Germany
  • 1940 - Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmet with earflaps
  • 1941 - 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
  • 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care" published
  • 1969 - The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation.
  • 1976 - Jimmy Carter wins Democratic presidential nomination in NYC
  • 1992 - 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds release "Linux" soon afterwards.
  • 2015 - Harper Lee's 2nd novel "Go Set A Watchman", an early 1957 version of "To Kill A Mocking Bird" goes on sale in 70 countries

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1862 - Florence Bascom, US, 1st American woman PhD
  • 1868 - Gertrude Bell, Durham, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), (d. 1926)
  • 1903 - Irving Stone, US, author (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life)
  • 1910 - William Hanna, Melrose New Mexico, animator (Hanna-Barbera- Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo), (d. 2001)
  • 1912 - Woodrow Wilson "Woodie" Guthrie, folk singer (This Land Is Your Land)
  • 1913 - Gerald R Ford, [Leslie King], 41st US VP (1973-74)/38th US President (R-1974-77), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1917 - Douglas Edwards, Alda Oklahoma, newscaster (CBS Evening News, FYI)
  • 1918 - Arthur Laurents, playwright (West Side Story, Gypsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 - Ingmar Bergman, Uppsala Sweden, director (Cries & Whispers)
  • 1923 - Dale Robertson, Harrah Ok, actor (Death Valley Days, Walter-Dynasty)
  • 1930 - Polly Bergen, Knoxville Tn, actress (Rhoda-Winds of War, Baby Talk)

Famous Weddings

  • 1820 - British PM Robert Peel (32) weds Sir John Floyd's daughter Julia at St George's, Hanover Square in London
  • 1930 - 1st Filippino President Emilio Aguinaldo (61) weds second wife Maria Agoncillo (51) at Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan
  • 1966 - Sex symbol of the 1960s Brigitte Bardot (31) weds German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs (33) in Las Vegas
  • 1994 - Princess Margaret's daughter Sarah Armstrong-Jones (30) weds ex-actor and fellow artist Daniel Chatto (37) in London, United Kingdon
  • 1996 - "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (20) weds Deanna Tynes (28) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Famous Divorces

  • 1987 - Actor Michael Biehn (30) divorces actress Carlene Olson (32) after 7 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1779 - George Ross, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 49
  • 1881 - Billy the Kid, American outlaw
  • 1974 - Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, dies at 83
  • 2005 - Cicely Saunders, English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

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