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Today is Wednesday, July 14, the 195th day of 2021. There are 170 days left in the year.

Highlight in history:

On July 14, 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making the publication of false, scandalous, or malicious writings about the United States government a federal crime.

To this date :

In 1789, during an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and freed the seven prisoners inside.

In 1865 the Matterhorn, straddling Italy and Switzerland, was reached as a group of seven led by British mountaineer Edward Whymper reached the summit. (Four members of the group died on their descent; Whymper and two guides survived.)

In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., aka “Billy the Kid”, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner in present-day New Mexico.

In 1914, scientist Robert H. Goddard received a US patent for a liquid fuel rocket device.

In 1933 all German political parties except the Nazi party were banned.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure providing funds for a national monument honoring scientist George Washington Carver; the monument was built at Carver’s birthplace near Diamond, Missouri.

In 1945, Italy officially declared war on Japan, its former Axis partner during World War II.

In 1980, the Republican National Convention opened in Detroit, where candidate-name Ronald Reagan said in a welcome rally that he and his supporters were determined to “make America even better.”

In 2004, the Senate scuttled a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Forty-eight senators voted to advance the measure – 12 fewer than the 60 needed – and 50 voted to block it).

In 2009, disgraced financier Bernard Madoff arrived at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina to begin serving a 150-year sentence for his massive Ponzi scheme. (Madoff died in prison in April 2021.)

Today’s birthdays: Actress Nancy Olson is 93 years old. Former football player and actress Rosey Grier is 89 years old. Actor Vincent Pastore is 75 years old. The director of a music company Tommy Mottola is 73 years old. Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 69 years old. Actor Jerry Houser is 69 years old. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 69 years old. Actor Stan Shaw is 69 years old. Film producer Scott Rudin is 63 years old. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 61 years old. Actress Jane Lynch is 61 years old.

Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 60 years old. Actor Matthew Fox is 55 years old. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 55. Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 55 years old. Former child actress Missy Gold is 51 years old. Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 50 years old. R&B singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 46 years old. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 46 years old. The “taboo” hip-hop musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 46 years old. Actor Scott Porter is 42 years old. Actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge is 36 years old. Rock singer Dan Smith (Bastille) is 35 years old. Actress Sara Canning (TV: “The Vampire Diaries”) is 34 years old. Rock singer Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) is 34 years old.

– The Associated Press

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