Today is Sunday, July 14, the 195th day of 2019. There are 170 days left in the year.

Today in history

On July 14, 1980, the Republican national convention opened in Detroit, where nominee-apparent Ronald Reagan told a welcoming rally he and his supporters were determined to “make America great again.”

Also on this date:

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

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

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

In 1933, all German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed.

In 1966, the city of Chicago awoke to the shocking news that eight student nurses had been brutally slain during the night in a South Side dormitory. Drifter Richard Speck was convicted of the mass killing and condemned to death, but had his sentence reduced to life in prison, where he died in 1991.

In 1976, Jimmy Carter won the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York.

Fun fact

Violin bows are commonly made from horse hair.

Just for laughs

Me: “Doctor, doctor, I keep thinking I’m a goat.”

Doctor: “How long have you felt like this?”

Me: “Since I was a kid.”

Trending words

“Ostentatious:” adjective; (os·​ten·​ta·​tious). Definition: Attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy often by gaudiness or obviousness: overly elaborate or conspicuous.

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Today’s birthdays

Actress Nancy Olson is 91. Former football player and actor Rosey Grier is 87. Actor Vincent Pastore is 73. Music company executive Tommy Mottola is 71. Rock musician Chris Cross (Ultravox) is 67. Actor Jerry Houser is 67. Actor-director Eric Laneuville is 67. Actor Stan Shaw is 67. Movie producer Scott Rudin is 61. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 59. Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 59. Actress Jane Lynch is 59. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 58. Actor Matthew Fox is 53. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 53. Rock singer-musician Tanya Donelly is 53. Former child actress Missy Gold is 49. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 48. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tameka Cottle (Xscape) is 44. Actor Scott Porter is 40. Rock singer Dan Smith (Bastille) is 33. Actress Sara Canning (TV: “The Vampire Diaries”) is 32. Rock singer Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) is 32.

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