Today in History: July 14, Congress Passes the Sedition Act

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 14, the 195th day of 2022. There are 170 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On July 14, 2004, the Senate defeated a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Forty-eight senators voted to push the measure forward — 12 less than the 60 needed — and 50 voted to block it).

To this date :

In 1789, in an event symbolizing the start of the French Revolution, the citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and freed the seven prisoners inside.

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

In 1881, outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., aka “Billy the Kid”, was shot dead by Sheriff Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner in what is now New Mexico.

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

In 1933, all German political parties, with the exception of the Nazi Party, were banned.

In 1945, Italy officially declared war on Japan, its former Axis partner in World War II.

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 apparent nominee Ronald Reagan told a welcome rally that he and his supporters were determined to “make America great again.”

In 2009, disgraced financier Bernard Madoff arrived at Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina to begin serving a 150-year sentence for his massive Ponzi scheme. (Madoff died in prison in April 2021.)

In 2015, world powers and Iran reached an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

In 2016, terror struck the 14th of July celebrations in Nice (nees), on the French Riviera, when a large truck rammed into a celebrating crowd, killing 86 people in an attack claimed by extremists from The Islamic State ; the driver was shot dead by the police.

In 2020, researchers reported that the first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the United States boosted people’s immune systems as scientists had hoped; the vaccine was developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. The federal government carried out its first execution in nearly two decades, killing by lethal injection Daniel Lewis Lee, who had been convicted of murdering a family of Arkansas in a 1990s plot to build an all-white nation in the Pacific Northwest.

Ten years ago: A suicide bomber blew himself up among guests at a wedding hall in northern Afghanistan, killing 23 people, including a former Uzbek warlord-turned-lawmaker who was the father of the bride.

Five years ago: A Russian-American lobbyist said he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, presented as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican campaign. Arab assailants opened fire from inside a prominent Jerusalem shrine, killing two Israeli policemen before being shot.

A year ago: The World Health Organization reported that deaths from COVID-19 increased worldwide in the previous week after nine consecutive weeks of decline; the setback triggered another round of restrictions. The US government reported drug overdose deaths hit a record high of 93,000 in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic; experts said the shutdowns and other restrictions had isolated drug users and made treatment harder to get.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Nancy Olson turns 94. Former football player and actress Rosey Grier is 90 years old. Actor Vincent Pastore is 76 years old. Tommy Mottola (muh-TOH’-luh), music company executive, is 74 years old. Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 70 years old. Actor Jerry Houser is 70 years old. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 70 years old. Actor Stan Shaw is 70 years old. Film producer Scott Rudin is 64 years old. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 62 years old. Actress Jane Lynch is 62 years old. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 61 years old. Matthew Fox is 56 years old. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 56. Singer and rock musician Tanya Donelly is 56 years old. Former child actress Missy Gold is 52. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 51 years old. R&B singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 47. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 47. The hip-hop musician “taboo” (Black Eyed Peas) is 47 years old. Actor Scott Porter is 43 years old. Actor/writer/producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is 37 years old. Rock singer Dan Smith (Bastille) is 36 years old. Actress Sara Canning (TV: “The Vampire Diaries”) is 35 years old. Rock singer Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) is 35.

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