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Today in history: July 14

Today in history: July 14
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Take a step back in time through the pages of The Sentinel. Also, get celebrity birthdays.

Today in history

In 2013: A Grand Haven man charged with election law forgery is still waiting for his day in court. A preliminary examination hearing for the felony charges against Brandon Hall scheduled for Thursday was cancelled. The investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office centered on fraudulent signatures on a ballot petition for a Grand Haven attorney, Chris Houghtaling, who was running last year for a vacant Ottawa County 58th District Court post. The circulator at the center of the ballot controversy was Hall, a former member of the Grand Haven school board.

On this day

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

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. (Forty-eight senators voted to advance the measure — 12 short of the 60 needed — and 50 voted to block it).

In 2008, President George W. Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling that had stood since his father was president. The New Yorker magazine featured a satirical cover showing Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife, Michelle, as a terrorist in the Oval Office. (The Obama campaign called the cover “tasteless and offensive.”)

Celebrity birthdays

Jane Lynch is 58.

Nancy Olson is 90.

Rosey Grier is 86.

Vincent Pastore is 72.

Jerry Houser is 66.

Ross Rebagliati is 47.

Sara Canning is 31.

Births

Spectrum Health/Zeeland hospital

July 10, 2018

A son, Elias David, to Terrence and Ashley Holst of Hudsonville.

A son, Noah Michael, to Nicholas and Sierra Hull of Holland.

July 11, 2018

A son, Felix Andrew, to Scott and Genevieve Steffes of Hudsonville.

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