GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 14, the 195th day of 2014 with 170 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:19 and sunset is @ 8:20. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars & Saturn.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1099 – During the First Crusade, Christian knights from Europe captured Jerusalem and began massacring the city’s Muslim and Jewish population.

1789 – The French Revolution began as Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs.

1798 – Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writing about the United States government.

1867 – Alfred Nobel demonstrated dynamite for the first time at a quarry in England.

1868 – Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut patented the tape measure.

1914 – Robert H. Goddard of Worcester, Massachusetts patented liquid rocket fuel.

1933 – Germany outlawed all political parties except the Nazi Party.

1995 – The MP3 format was named.

2000 – A Florida jury ordered five major tobacco companies to pay smokers a record $145 billion in punitive damages.

2002 – During Bastille Day celebrations, French President Jacques Chirac escapes an assassination attempt unharmed.

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