On Your Birthday: July 14



1798 – The U.S. Congress passed the Sedition Act. This act made it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the United States government.

1868 – Alvin J. Fellows receives a patent for the tape measure.

1911 – Harry N. Atwood landed an airplane on the lawn of the White House to accept an award from U.S. President William Taft.

1914 – The patent for liquid rocket fuel is given to Robert H. Goddard.

1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” was first published. It became America’s second most popular book of the 20th Century (after The Bible).

1951 – The first sports event to be shown in color, on CBS-TV, was the Molly Pitcher Handicap at Oceanport, NJ.

1951 – The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, MO, became the first national park to honor an African American.

1965 – The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet.

1968 – Hank Aaron (Atlanta Braves) hit his 500th career home run.

1969 – The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officiallly withdrawn from circulation.

1975 – Disney announces plans for Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.

1981 – The All-Star Game was postponed because of a 33-day-old baseball players strike. The game was held on August 9.

1987 – Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 – Demi Moore appears in body paint but otherwise nude and extremely pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

1998 – Los Angeles sued 15 tobacco companies for $2.5 billion over the dangers of secondhand smoke.

2001 – Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics. It was the first time that the China had been awarded the games.

2003 – Jerry Springer officially filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate from Ohio.

2008 – The iTunes Music Store reached 10 million applications downloaded.

2009 – The iTunes Music Store reached 1.5 billion applications downloaded.

2015 – NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft became the first space mission to explore Pluto.



Gerald Rudolph Ford 1913 – 38th President of the United States

Arthur Laurents 1918 – Playwright (“West Side Story,” “Gypsy”)

Dale Robertson 1923 – TV Actor

John Chancellor 1927 – NBC News Anchor

Polly Bergen 1930 – Actress, singer

Del Reeves 1932 – Country Music Singer

Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier 1932 – Football player, preacher, needlepoint

Vincent Pastore 1946 – Actor (“The Sopranos”)

Jane Lynch 1960 – Actress (“Glee”, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) also TV game show host (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Matthew Fox 1966 – Actor (“Lost,” “Party of Five”)

Missy Gold 1970 – Actress (“Benson”)

Taboo (Jaime Luis Gomez) 1975 – Rapper/singer (Black Eyed Peas)

Scott Porter 1979 – Actor (“Friday Night Lights”)



Shark Awareness Day

Hot Dog Day

National Nude Day

Pandemonium Day


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