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On This Day in History - 14th July

Birthdays

1858Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragette
1912Woody Guthrie, American folk singer
1913Gerald Ford, Former (38th) American President
1918Ingmar Bergmen, Swedish born film director
1946Sue Lawley, Broadcaster
1950Bruce Oldfield, British fashion designer
1963Paul Eddery, Jockey

Events

1789The French revolution began with the storming of the Bastille prison
1867Alfred Nobel demonstrated his new invention, dynamite, for the first time
1958Iraq became a republic after the assassignation of King Faisal
1959The first ever nuclear powered warship was launched, the USS Long Beach
1967Abortion was legalised in Britain
1972A ceasefire that had been in effect in Northern Ireland broke down
1989Hundreds of thousands of Siberian miners went on strike for better pay & conditions
1991The Yangtze river in China flooded, causing much damage & loss of life