To­day in his­tory

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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 1912, Amer­i­can folk singer-song­writer Woody Guthrie (“This Land Is Your Land”) was born in Okemah, Okla.

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

In 2003, news­pa­per colum­nist Robert No­vak pub­licly re­vealed the CIA em­ploy­ment of Va­lerie Plame, wife of Joseph Wil­son, a for­mer U.S. am­bas­sador in Africa who said the ad­min­is­tra­tion had twisted pre­war in­tel­li­gence on Iraq. In 2013, demon­stra­tors across the coun­try protested a Florida jury’s de­ci­sion the day be­fore to clear Ge­orge Zim­mer­man in the shoot­ing death of Trayvon Martin.

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