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France: Bastille Day
(Observed annually on this date to celebrate the storming of the Bastille 07/14/1789)
Bastille Day
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1966 Brian Selznick (New Jersey-born Caldecott Award-winning Author, Illustrator) Brian Selznick Primary Fiction Young-Adult Fiction American Artists 2008 Caldecott Medal
1934 Lee Friedlander (Washington-born Photographer) Lee Friedlander Photography
1966 Brian Selznick (New Jersey-born Caldecott Award-winning Author, Illustrator) Brian Selznick Primary Fiction Young-Adult Fiction American Artists 2008 Caldecott Medal
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1930 Eric Stokes (New Jersey-born Composer) New Jersey Composers American Composers
Political and Social Leaders
1787 Tomlinson Fort (Georgia-born Doctor, Politician, Banker, Education Advocate) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Health Care Education Business Georgia Historical Society
1913 Gerald R. Ford (Nebraska-born 38th President of the United States) Nebraska Political and Social Leaders Gerald Ford The Amercian Presidency History Channel
Performing Artists
1918 Ingmar Bergman (Swedish Film Director) Swedish Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1932 Roosevelt (Rosie) Grier (Georgia-born African-American Professional Football Player, Actor) Georgia Sports Figures Football American Performing Artists African-American Sports Figures Internet Movie Database Georgia Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1812 Little Turtle (Chief of the Miami) Miami Indians
1881 William Bonney (Billy the Kid; New York City-born Criminal) Billy the Kid Notorious Americans Westward Expansion New Mexico Magazine
1918 Quentin Roosevelt (Washington, D.C.-born Son of Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt; Pilot Shot Down Over France) France Washington, D.C. Military Figures Theodore Roosevelt Aviation Military History World War I History Channel
1965 Adlai E. Stevenson (Los Angeles-born Politician; Democratic Presidential Nominee: 1952, 1956) Los Angeles Political and Social Leaders President Dwight Eisenhower American Presidency Democratic Party New York Times
1974 Carl Spaatz (Pennsylvania-born First Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force) Pennsylvania Military Figures U.S. Air Force History Channel
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Historic Events from 1000 - 1199 that Occurred on this Date
1099 Christian Knights from Europe Capture Jerusalem After a 7-Week of Siege and Begin Massacring the City's Muslim and Jewish Populations Jerusalem Religion Islam Juadiasm The Crusades Middle East History History Channel
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 Spanish Forces Begin Withdrawing from Georgia's St. Simons Island Spain St. Simons Island, Georgia Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1771 Mission San Antonio de Padua Is Founded by Father Junipero Serra, South of Today's King City, California  Junipero Serra King City, California California Missions Religion Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1798 U.S. Congress Passes the Sedition Act Making It Illegal to Voice or Print Malicious Remarks About the President or the Government U.S. Congress First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution Journalism History Channel
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1804 The Russian Ship Neva Arrives at Kodiak, Alaska on a Voyage Around the World Russia Kodiak, Alaska Naval History Alaska Historical Society
1832 U.S. Congress Appoints a Committee to Find a Relocation Site West of the Mississippi River for Indians from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida Florida Alabama Georgia U.S. Congress Native-American Heritage Mississippi River Westward Expansion Florida Historical Society
1836 In Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Advertiser Is Published as the City's First Newspaper Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1853 In New York City, President Franklin Pierce Opens America's First World's Fair New York City President Franklin Pierce International Trade Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
Commodore Matthew Perry Submits to Japanese Officials President Franklin Pierce's Request for Trade Relations Japan President Franklin Pierce International Trade New York Times
1862 The United States Senate Approves Statehood for West Virginia by a Vote of 23-17 West Virginia U.S. Senate West Virginia State Archive
1863 President Lincoln Learns That Robert E. Lee Has Escaped Capture by Union Forces President Abraham Lincoln Robert E. Lee American Civil War Lincoln Logs
The U.S.S. Jasmine Captures the Sloop Relampage Near the Florida Keys Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Union Forces Rout the Confederates in Tupelo, Mississippi Tupelo, Mississippi Battle Tupelo History Channel Minesota Historical Society
General Sherman Issues Special Field Order No. 35 Outlining His Strategy to Take Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia March on Atlanta University of Georgia
1865 The 1st Delaware Infantry Receives a Gala Reception in Wilmington, Then Disbands Forever Wilmington, Delaware American Civil War State of Delaware
Atlanta's City Council Makes African Americans Subject to the Same Ordinances and Punishments as Its White Population Atlanta, Georgia Laws and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1869 Calmar, Iowa Is Incorporated Calmar, Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa
1873 The Northern Pacific Railroad Announces Tacoma, Washington Will Be Its West Coast Terminus Tacoma, Washington Railroad Economics History Link
1879 The State of Texas Passes the "Fifty Cent Act" to Sell State Land for 50 an Acre to Help Fund Schools Texas Education Education Economics Texas State Historical Association
1881 In New Mexico, Billy the Kid Is Ambushed, Shot and Killed by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett Lincoln County, New Mexico Billy the Kid Pat Garrett Notorious Americans Westward Expansion New Mexico Magazine
1890 The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Is Placed into Receivership Texas Business Railroad Business Texas State Historical Association
1896 The First Convention of the Florida Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy Opens in Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida Women American Civil War Historic Firsts United Daughters of the Confederacy Florida Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1926 In Florida, the Orlando Art Association Changes Its Named to Loch Haven Art Center, Incorporated Orlando, Florida Art Florida Historical Society
1930 Atlanta, Georgia Celebrates Bobby Jones' U.S. Open Golf Championship with a Parade Bobby Jones Golf Hall of Fame U.S. Open Golf Tournament Georgia Historical Society
1933 All German Political Parties Except the Nazi Party Are Outlawed Germany Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany Law and Legal Resources Human and Civil Rights New York Times
1938 Howard Hughes and a 4-Man Crew Land in New York City, Completing a Record-Setting 3-day, 19h, 17m Flight Around the World New York City Howard Hughes Aviation Texas State Historical Association
1948 Hubert Humphrey, Mayor of Minneapolis, Gives a Strong Speech in Favor of Civil Rights at the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Minneapolis, Minnesota Hubert Humphrey 1948 Democratic National Convention Human Rights/Civil Rights Democratic National Party Minmesota Historical Society
Half of Alabama's Delegates Walk Out of the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, Protesting the Party's Civil Rights Stand Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Alabama 1948 Democratic National Convention Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights Democratic National Party Alabama State Archives
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1958 A Military Coup Overthrows the Iraqi Monarchy Iraqi Government Middle East History BBC
1959 The First U.S. Nuclear-Powered Cruiser Is Launched from Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts Quincy, Massachusetts Naval Military History Nuclear Energy Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1963 The Soviet Public Declaration of "Peaceful Coexistence" Creates a Split with the Militaristic Chinese Communists Soviet Union China Cold War History Channel
1968 Hank Aaron Hits His 500th Career Home Run Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Georgia Historical Society
1971 Hail Causes Damage Across a 100-mile Swath of Minnesota Minnesota Storms Minnesota Historical Society
1976 Jimmy Carter Wins the Democratic Presidential Nomination at the Party's Convention in New York City New York City President Jimmy Carter American Presidency Democratic Party University of Georgia
1980 The 32nd Republican National Convention Opens in Detroit Detroit, Michigan President Ronald Reagan 1980 Republican Convention Republican National Party State of Michigan
1984 In Washington, the West Seattle Bridge is Dedicated Spanning Harbor Island and the Duwamish Waterway Seattle, Washington Bridges History Link
1991 British Troops Protecting Iraqi Kurds Begin to Pull Out of the Region Iraq Gulf War Middle East History BBC
The Minnesota Twins Retire Jersey #6 Worn by Tony Oliva Cuban Sports Figures Minnesota Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures Official Web Site Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2001 Northern Ireland Peace Talks Stall Northern Ireland Great Britain BBC