Bastille Day Celebrated in France.
1994 Hulk Hogan The wrestling superstar admits to abusing steroids for 13 years to get big.
1993 Rap music killer 19-year-old Ronald Ray Howard is sentenced to death for the 1992 murder of a state trooper. He claimed the anti-police rap music he was listening to made him do it.
1992 Clinton Declines Fetus An Operation Rescue supporter tries to give an aborted fetus to presidential candidate Bill Clinton.
1989 James Bond License to Kill premiers in the U.S., 17th in the James Bond series, it starred Timothy Dalton as 007.
1972 First woman to head a major U.S. political party Jean Westwood is named head of the Democratic Party.
1969 Money The Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System announces that currency notes in denominations of $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 would be discontinued immediately due to lack of use. Although they were issued until 1969, they were last printed in 1945.
1951 First race horse to win over $1,000,000 Citation.
1938 Howard Hughes establishes a new around-the-world flight record, completing the trip in just over 91 hours, averaging 208 mph.
1908 D.W. Griffith The American film legend makes his directing debut with the release of The Adventures of Dollie.
1881 Billy the Kid The notorious outlaw is reportedly killed in New Mexico by County Sheriff Pat Garrett. He killed 21 men in his brief career.
1865 First person to climb the Matterhorn British explorer Edward Whymper scales the third highest peak in the Alps. Four of his seven-member team died during the descent.
1789 French Revolution The Bastille prison in Paris is attacked by a mob demanding weapons and the release of political prisoners, signaling the start of the war.
1932 Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier American football player, actor. He was one of the L.A. Rams' Fearsome Four.
1927 John Chancellor d. 1996 American TV anchorman, commentator for NBC.
1918 Ingmar Bergman d. 2007 Swedish Oscar-winning film director, producer. Film: Wild Strawberries (1957), The Seventh Seal (1957), and Persona (1966).
1918 Arthur Laurents American Tony-winning playwright. Writings: Westside Story (1957) and Gypsy (1959).
1917 Douglas Edwards d. 1990 American broadcaster. He was the first American network news TV anchorman (1948 CBS).
1913 Gerald Rudolph Ford (Leslie Lynch King Jr.), 38th U.S. President (1974-77) and 40th U.S. Vice-President (1973-74).
1910 William Hanna d. 2001 American Oscar-winning cartoonist. He and Joseph Barbera created Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? He also provided the screams and yelps of Tom in the Tom and Jerry cartoons.
1904 Isaac Bashevis Singer d. 1991 Polish-born American Nobel-winning Yiddish author.
1903 Irving Stone d. 1989 American author, The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961).
1894 Dave Fleischer d. 1979 American cartoonist. He and his brother Max created Betty Boop and animated Popeye the Sailor.
1860 Owen Wister d. 1938 American author. Writings: The Virginian (1902, which has been made into movies and a TV series).
1998 Richard "Dick" J. McDonald b. 1909 American restaurateur. He and his brother started the McDonald's hamburger chain in 1940. He also created the Golden Arches logo.
1986 Raymond Loewy b. 1893 French inventor, designer, the father of streamlining. He designed the U.S. Postal Service logo.
1875 Guillaume Henry Dufour b. 1787 engineer. He and Robert Marc Séguin designed and built the first permanent wire-cable suspension bridge (1823).
1827 Augustin Jean Fresnel b. 1788 French physicist, pioneer in light theory.
1779 George Ross b. 1730 American jurist, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1223 Philip II b. 1165 King of France (1180-1223) and responsible for building the Louvre in Paris.