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By United Press International  |  July 14, 2013 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Sunday, July 14, the 195th day of 2013 with 170 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Saturn and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Austrian Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt in 1862; baseball Commissioner A. B. "Happy" Chandler in 1898; writers Irving Stone in 1903 and Isaac Bashevis Singer in 1904; cartoonist William Hanna in 1910; British comedian Terry-Thomas in 1911; folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1912; Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, in 1913; Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman in 1918; actors Dale Robertson in 1923, Harry Dean Stanton in 1926 (age 87) and Polly Bergen in 1930 (age 83); TV news commentator John Chancellor in 1927; football star-turned-actor Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier in 1932 (age 81); political activist Jerry Rubin in 1938; evangelist Franklin Graham, actor and director Eric Laneuville and film producer Joel Silver, all in 1952 (age 61); and actors Jane Lynch in 1960 (age 53) and Matthew Fox in 1966 (age 47).

On this date in history:

In 1789, French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris, beginning the French Revolution. The event is commemorated as "Bastille Day," a national holiday in France.

In 1793, Jean Paul Marat, one of the most outspoken leaders of the French Revolution, was stabbed to death in his bath by Charlotte Corday, a Royalist sympathizer.

In 1914, Robert Goddard was granted the first patent for a liquid-fueled rocket design.

In 1933, all political parties except the Nazis were officially suppressed in Germany.

In 1966, eight nurses were found killed in Chicago. Drifter Richard Speck later was convicted of the slayings.

In 2000, a jury in Miami-Dade Co., Fla., ordered the tobacco industry to pay $144.8 billion to Florida smokers. It was the largest damage award in U.S. history.

In 2003, a U.S. government source confirmed North Korea had begun reprocessing spent nuclear fuel rods, a step toward making more nuclear arms.

In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his country would suspend its participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, a Cold War agreement that limited deployment of heavy weaponry.

In 2008, the International Criminal Court in The Hague accused the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the civil war-shattered Darfur region.

In 2009, within months after repaying bailout money supplied by the U.S. government, New York banking giant Goldman Sachs reported a profit of $3.44 billion for the first quarter of the year. JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup also reported big profits.

In 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama said he was willing to put his presidency on the line to get a long-term agreement on budget cuts and the debt ceiling.

In 2012, a man posing as a guest at a wedding party in Afghanistan detonated a suicide bomb, killing 23 people, including a political leader who was the father of the bride, and wounding many others.

A thought for the day: Henri-Frederic Amiel said, "An error is the more dangerous the more truth it contains."

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