Today in History: July 14

Today in History: July 14

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1223

In France, Louis VIII succeeds his father, Philip Augustus.

1430

Joan of Arc, taken prisoner by the Burgundians in May, is handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.

1456

Hungarians defeat the Ottomans at the Battle of Belgrade, in present-day Yugoslavia.

1536

France and Portugal sign the Treaty of Lyons, aligning themselves against Spain.

1789

The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by a mob.

1798

The Sedition Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.

1864

At Harrisburg, Mississippi, Federal troops under General Andrew Jackson Smith repulse an attack by General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

1900

European Allies retake Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers.

1933

Nazi Germany promulgates the Law for the Protection of Hereditary Health--the beginning of the Euthanasia program.

1938

Howard Hughes and crew set a new world record for an around-the-world flight.

1940

A force of German bombers attacks Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.

1941

Vichy French Foreign Legionaries sign an armistice in Damascus, allowing them to join the Free French Foreign Legion.

1945

American battleships and cruisers bombard the Japanese home islands for the first time.

1951

The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American.

1964

The United States sends 600 more troops to Vietnam.