#TodayInHistory – July 14
July 14 – Some important events on this day.
1099 👉🏼 Jerusalem captured in First Crusade
1789 👉🏼 Bastille Day – the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison.
Of all the monumental events in the French Revolution, none is more iconic than the storming of the Bastille prison on this day. The Bastille was a prison and fortress, and although it only contained seven prisoners at the time it was overrun, it was a potent symbol of the Ancien Regime and its power and corruption.
When the Bastille fell the Revolution kicked into full gear and would not subside for another ten years, permanently changing the face of France and influencing politics, philosophy and society in Europe and beyond for centuries after.
July 14 is Bastille Day in France – a national public holiday.
1795 👉🏼 The French National Convention decrees “La Marseillaise” by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle France’s national anthem
1798 👉🏼 US Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against government
1850 👉🏼 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie
1902 👉🏼 The Campanile in St Mark’s Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta.
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1933 👉🏼 All non-Nazi parties are banned in Germany
1941 👉🏼 6,000 Lithuanian Jews are exterminated at Viszalsyan Camp
1946 👉🏼 Dr Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book of Baby & Child Care” published
1988 👉🏼 WYHY radio offers $1M to anyone who can prove Elvis is still alive
1992 👉🏼 386BSD is released by Lynne Jolitz and William Jolitz, starting the open source operating system revolution. Linus Torvalds release “Linux” soon afterwards