1858 - Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragist
1862 - Gustav Klimt, Painter
1862 - Florence Bascom, Geologist, known for petrography.
1868 - Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, Writer, Mountaineer and Archaeologist
1901 - Gerald Finzi, English Composer
1904 - Isaac Bashevis, Singer and Writer
1910 - William Hanna, Animator, Hanna-Barbera
1913 - Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States of America
1918 - Ingmar Bergman, Film Director
1921 - Leon Garafield, Children's Writer
1926 - Harry Dean Stanton, Actor
1928 - Nancy Olson, Actress
Former U.S. President Gerald Ford
1789 - This day is Bastille Day. Some 800 Parisians armed with muskets and cannons attack the Bastille, a medieval fortress used as a prison. They wipe out the garrison and free the seven prisoners. This event triggers the French Revolution.
1791 - In Birmingham, England, the home and laboratory of chemist Joseph Priestley is burned by rioters because of his support for the French revolution. Priestley discovered oxygen. three years later he leaves for the USA.
1867 - Alfred Nobel demonstrates dynamite in a quarry in Surrey, England. He was an explosives manufacturer whose legacy continuously endows the Nobel Prize. The explosive is based on nitroglycerin which he combined with clay and a pinch of sodium carbonate, forming the mixture into short sticks with fuses.
1946 - The book The Common Sense book of Baby and Child Care of Dr. Benjamin Spock is published and becomes the child-rearing bible of the baby boom.
1958 - The monarchy of Iraq is overthrown in a violent military coup and 23 year old King Faisal is killed. Abdul Karim el Qasim leads thje coup. He becomes Prime Minister. He is also killed in the 1963 overthrow.
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