Friday, July 14, 2017

Day 195 - This day in legal and military history

July 14

Bastille Day

NATIONAL Pandemonium Day


NATIONAL Shark Awareness Day

NATIONAL Mac & Cheese Day

NATIONAL Tape Measure Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1789 The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by the citizens of Paris, beginning the French Revolution

1798 Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writing about the US government

1880 The French Republic establishes July 14th as a national holiday

1946 Dr. Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care was published

1965 The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet

1972 The State Department criticized actress Jane Fonda for making antiwar radio broadcasts in Hanoi, calling them “distressing”

2000 In Waco, Texas, a federal jury decided that federal agents were not responsible for the deaths of 80 Branch Davidians in 1993

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