This Day in History

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On July 14, 1933, all Ger­man po­lit­i­cal par­ties, ex­cept the Nazi Party, were out­lawed.

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

In 1798, Con­gress passed the Sedi­tion Act, mak­ing it a fed­eral crime to pub­lish 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 Fort Sum­ner in present-day New Mex­ico.

In 1913, Ger­ald Ru­dolph Ford Jr., the 38th pres­i­dent of the United States, was born Les­lie Lynch King Jr. in Omaha, Ne­braska.

In 1914, sci­en­tist Robert H. God­dard re­ceived a U.S. patent for a liq­uid-fu­eled rocket ap­pa­ra­tus.

In 1921, Ital­ian-born an­ar­chists Nicola Sacco and Bar­tolomeo Vanzetti were con­victed in Ded­ham, Mas­sachusetts, of mur­der­ing a shoe com­pany pay­mas­ter and his guard. (Sacco and Vanzetti were ex­e­cuted six years later.)

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

In 1964, in a speech to the Repub­li­can na­tional con­ven­tion in San Fran­cisco, New York Gov. Nel­son Rock­e­feller was booed by sup­port­ers of Barry Gold­wa­ter as he called on the GOP to de­nounce po­lit­i­cal ex­trem­ists.

In 1966, the city of Chicago awoke to the shock­ing news that eight stu­dent nurses had been bru­tally slain dur­ing the night in a South Side dor­mi­tory. Drifter Richard Speck was con­victed of the mass killing and con­demned to death, but had his sen­tence re­duced to life in prison, where he died in 1991.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion at the party’s con­ven­tion in New York.

In 1980, the Repub­li­can na­tional con­ven­tion opened in Detroit, where nom­i­nee-ap­par­ent Ron­ald Rea­gan told a wel­com­ing rally he and his sup­port­ers were de­ter­mined to “make Amer­ica great again.”

In 1999, race-based school bus­ing in Bos­ton came to an end af­ter 25 years.

In 2004, the Se­nate scut­tled a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment ban­ning gay mar­riage.

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