July 14 is known throughout the world as Bastille Day, but the French were not the only revolutionaries who shone on this day.
The Storming of the Bastille
Angry citizens stormed the Bastille, a medieval fortress, armory and political prison in the center of Paris. The event is seen as the moment the French Revolution began.
While France has a long history of celebrating Bastille Day, it has not always been peaceful. In 2002, a neo-Nazi opened fire at President Chirac but missed.
In 2016, a terrorist drove a 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd in Nice killing 86 and injuring 458.
Bastille Day is recognized worldwide as a celebration of French culture. In a number of cities in the U.S. and elsewhere, it is celebrated a waiters race aka “The Pour de France”.
Aviator Lands on White House Law
Harry Atwood flew a record-breaking 576 miles from Boston to Washington, D.C., landing on the White House lawn. He was greeted by President Taft on his arrival. In 1994, Frank Corder crashed a small plane on the White House lawn as part of a suicide mission.
First Woman to Serve in Parliament in Arab World
Egyptian Rawya Ateya, who the year earlier was the first woman to be commissioned as an officer in the Liberation Army, became the first woman to serve in Parliament in the Arab World. Ateya was a champion for women’s rights in the Parliament but lost reelection two years later. She returned to Parliament in 1984 and died in 1997. She is considered a pioneering figure in the history of Egyptian and Arab feminism.
Jane Goodall Enters Gobme Stream National Park
Jane Goodall arrived at Gobme Stream National Park in Tanzania where she began her over 50-year observation of the Kasakela chimpanzee community.
National Geographic is releasing a documentary on Goodall’s life and work, entitled simply “Jane.”