Cecil Whig - - ACCENT -

July 14, 1789 was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary day in France.

On this day, Parisian rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies stormed and dis­man­tled the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to sym­bol­ize the tyranny of the coun­try’s mon­archs. This ac­tion marked the start of the French Rev­o­lu­tion, a decade-long pe­riod of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and terror in which King Louis XVI was over­thrown and tens of thou­sands of peo­ple, in­clud­ing the king and his wife Marie An­toinette, were ex­e­cuted.

A dif­fer­ent kind of rev­olu- tion took place on July 16, 1969 when Apollo 11 de­parted Earth with astro­nauts Neil Arm­strong, Ed­win “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard. Arm­strong would be­come the first man to walk on the moon a few days later.

July 13, 1930, mean­while, marked a first in the world of sports as the first ever World Cup soc­cer matches kicked off in Montevideo, Uruguay. France de­feated Mex­ico 4-1 and the U.S. de­feated Bel­gium 3-0 in the two si­mul­ta­ne­ously played matches. The U.S. would make it to the semi-fi­nals of the tour­na­ment be­fore bow­ing out to Ar­gentina by a score of 6-1.

Phi­lan­thropy took cen­ter stage on July 13, 1985 at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don with the of­fi­cial open­ing of Live Aid, a world­wide rock con­cert or­ga­nized to raise money for the re­lief of famine-stricken Africans. The con­cert would go on to play at JFK Sta­dium in Philadel­phia, among other places, and ul­ti­mately raise more than $125 mil­lion in famine re­lief for Africa.

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