On July 14, 1789, Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.
In 1798, Congress passed the Sedition Act, criminalizing publishing false, scandalous or malicious writing about the United States government.
In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias “Billy the Kid,” was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in present-day New Mexico.
In 1914, scientist Robert H. Goddard received a U.S. patent for a liquid-fueled rocket apparatus.
In 1918, Quentin Roosevelt, a pilot in the United States Air Service and the fourth son of former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, is shot down and killed by a German Fokker plane over the Marne River in France.
In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure for a monument honoring scientist George Washington Carver..
In 1980, Ronald Reagan told the Republican national convention he and his supporters were determined to “make America great again.”
In 1978, Tom Jones lost a paternity suit and was ordered to pay $200 a week in child support to 27 year old Katherine Berkery of New York. The judge in the case was Judge Judy Sheindlin, who was still serving in her 15 year tenure as a New York Family Court judge before appearing in her court TV show, Judge Judy.
In 2014, the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.