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The An Lushan Rebellion forced Tang Dynasty Emperor Xuanzong to flee the Chinese capital of Chang’an today (756). Also, Gaspar de Portolà established a base in California and set out to find the Port of Monterey (1769), Junípero Serra founded the Mission San Antonio de Padua in what is now Monterey County, California (1771), citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille, on the same day Alexander Mackenzie reached the Arctic Ocean mouth of the river that bears his name (1789), an angry mob forced Joseph Priestley and other supporters of the French Revolution to flee Birmingham, England (1791), President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts making it a crime to publish false or malicious information about the U.S. government (1798), the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, the first major world’s fair, opened in New York City (1853), Edward Whymper completed the first ascent of the Matterhorn (1865), Baltimore and Ohio Railroad workers whose pay had been cut twice in one year began the Great Railroad Strike in Martinsburg, West Virginia (1877), Pat Garrett shot and killed William Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid (1881), the Campanile in St. Mark’s Square, Venice collapsed (1902), Harry Atwood landed an airplane at the South Lawn of the White House, for which President William Taft later awarded him a gold medal (1911), the Nazi Party passed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring eugenics program and outlawed all other German political parties as part of the Gleichschaltung (1933), the George Washington Carver National Monument became the first U.S. National Monument to honor an African American (1943), Rawya Ateya was seated in the National Assembly of Egypt, the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (1957), Jane Goodall arrived at the Gombe Stream Reserve to begin her famous study of chimpanzees in the wild (1960), Mariner 4 flew past Mars to take the first close-up photos of another planet (1965), the U.S. $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills were withdrawn from circulation, on the same day riots after a World Cup qualifying match between El Salvador and Honduras sparked the “Football War” (1969), Canada abolished capital punishment (1976), a series of thunderstorms triggered the Montréal Flood (1987), Lynne and William Jolitz released 386BSD, the first Open Source Operating System (1992), a powerful solar flare triggered an electromagnetic storm remembered as the Bastille Day Event (2000), French President Jacques Chirac escaped an assassination attempt during Bastille Day celebrations (2002), the Washington Post’s Robert Novak revealed that Valerie Plame, the wife of Iraq War critic Joe Wilson, was a CIA operative (2003), and NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft collected data on Pluto and her moons after a 9-year, 3-billion-mile journey, on the same day the Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the U.S. finalized the terms of a deal with Iran to limit Iran’s nuclear development (2015). And 86 people were killed when a terrorist drove a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France (2016).


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