This Day in History July 14th


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Tom Rolf (born Ernst R. Rolf), Swedish-born American film editor whose career spanned over 50 years. He worked on many famous films.
  • 2005 Died: Joe Harnell, American composer and arranger. In 1896, he won an Emmy Award for best score for his work on the miniseries V.
  • 2000 A powerful solar flare occurred, causing a geomagnetic storm. This event was later named the Bastille Day Flare or Bastille Day Event.
  • 1998 Died: Richard McDonald, American entrepreneur and fast food pioneer best known for co-founding the McDonald’s Corporation.
  • 1987 Born: Dan Reynolds, American musician and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Imagine Dragons.
  • 1986 Died: Raymond Loewy, French-born American industrial designer. Among his designes were Coca-Cola vending machines and Shell logo.
  • 1977 Born: Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. She is the heir apparent to the throne.
  • 1976 Canada eliminated the death penalty for murder. The last two people executed in Canada were Ronald Turpin and Arthur Lucas in 1962.
  • 1975 Born: Taboo (stage name of Jaime Luis Gómez), American rapper, singer and actor best known as a member of the Black Eyed Peas.
  • 1967 The Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization was signed in at Stockholm, Sweden. It came into force in 1970.
  • 1966 Born: Matthew Fox, American film and television actor best known for portraying Charlie Salinger on Party of Five and Jack Shephard on Lost.
  • 1964 Italian singer and actor Adriano Celentano secretly married Claudia Mori at the church of San Francesco in Grosseto. They have three children.
  • 1963 Born: Donna Sanderson nee Hastie From Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England. UK
  • 1960 Born: Jane Lynch, American actress of stage and screen, singer and comedian. One of her best known roles is Sue Sylvester in Glee.
  • 1954 Died: Jacinto Benavente, Spanish playwright who was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize for Literature for his contribution to the Spanish drama.
  • 1950 The Battle of Taejon began during the Korean War. It resulted in tactical North Korean victory and strategic American and South Korean victory.
  • 1946 Born: Vincent Pastore, American actor best known for his role as Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.
  • 1933 In Nazi Germany, the Nazi Party was declared to be the only legal party of the country by the Law against the establishment of political parties.
  • 1933 The first animated film featuring Popeye the Sailor was released. It was produced by Fleischer Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  • 1930 Born: Polly Bergen (born Nellie Paulina Burgi), American actress of stage and screen, singer, television host, writer, and entrepreneur.
  • 1921 Born: Geoffrey Wilkinson, English inorganic chemist who was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with Ernst Otto Fischer.
  • 1918 Born: Ingmar Bergman, renowned Swedish director, producer and screenwriter remembered for his prolific work in film, television and theater.
  • 1910 Died: Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer, choreographer and teacher who is widely regarded as the most influential ballet master of all time.
  • 1910 Born: William Hanna, American animator, cartoon artist, director, producer and voice actor best known as a co-founder of Hanna-Barbera Productions.
  • 1902 St Mark’s Campanile in Venice, Italy collapsed completely, also demolishing the logetta. Remarkably, no one was killed, except for a cat.
  • 1881 Died: Billy the Kid (pseudonym of William H. Bonney), American criminal who participated in the Lincoln County War and became an outlaw.
  • 1874 The Chicago Fire of 1874 burned 47 acres south of the Loop (one of Chicago’s districts), destroyed 812 structures and killed 20 people.
  • 1827 Died: Augustin-Jean Fresnel, French physicist and engineer who made a significant contribution to the development of wave optics.
  • 1817 Died: Germaine de Staël, commonly known as Madame de Staël, French author remembered for her conflict with Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • 1771 The Franciscan order established Mission San Antonio de Padua in present-day Monterey County, California, near present-day Jolon.
  • 1223 Died: Philip II (Philip Augustus), King of France who reigned 1180 to 1223. He was the first French monarch to be called by that title.
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