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Calendar for July 14th, 2012

Bastille Day

Commemorates the storming of the Bastille, which started the French Revolution, on July 14th, 1789. Bastille Day is also celebrated by many of France's former and current colonies.

1220s

  • 1223: Louis VIII became King of France upon the death of his father

  • 1790s

  • 1791: The Priestley Riots took place in Birmingham, England

  • 1850s

  • Born 1857: Frederick Louis Maytag (manufacturer)

  • 1860s

  • 1865: First ascent of the Matterhorn was completed by Englishman Edward Whymper

  • 1868: Enclosed tape measure that holds its place patented

  • 1890s

  • 1891: John Smith patented a pure corkboard

  • 1910s

  • Born 1912: Woody Guthrie (folk singer)

  • Born 1913: Gerald Ford (38th U.S. president)

  • Born 1918: Ingmar Bergman (director)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Polly Bergen (actress)

  • 1933: In Germany, the Nazi party declared themselves the only political party

  • 1960s

  • 1965: Mariner 4 delivered close-up photos of Mars

  • Died 1965: Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (politician)

  • Born 1966: Matthew Fox (actor)

  • Born 1967: Robin Ventura (baseball player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1977: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

  • 1980s

  • Born 1989: Sean Flynn-Amir (actor)

  • 2000s

  • 2001: The International Olympic Committee voted for China to be the host of the 2008 Olympics for the first time

  • Died 2002: Joaquin Balaguer (Latin American politician)

  • 2004: Kelly Ayotte became New Hampshire's first female attorney general

  • Died 2009: Nin (cat who served as the Mount Washington Observatory's mascot for a dozen years)

  • 2010s

  • 2015: In the Seaport district of Boston, Massachusetts, a 75-foot pile of snow from the winter of 2014-2015 completely melted


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