Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 14

1853:  New Zealand’s first general election begins. It takes 2 1/2
months to elect the 37 members of the House of Representatives, the
superintendents of the colony’s six provinces and the 87 members of
the provincial councils.

1950:  Sir Apirana Ngata dies aged 76. He was born in Te Araroa in 1874, went to Te Aute College, and Studied at Canterbury University and Auckland University. He was the first Maori to gain a university degree in NZ and became the first New Zealander to gain a double degree. He was first elected to Parliament in 1905 and served until 1943.

1789:  In an action that signals the beginning of the French Revolution, revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolism the tyranny of the
monarchs. Bernard-Rene Jordan de Launay, the military governor of the Bastille, had in days leading up to the 14th, reinforced his position with troops and gun powder, raised the drawbridges, and held off the mobs outside for two days. He then raised the white flag.

1099:  During the First Crusade, Christian knights capture Jerusalem after a seven-week siege and begin massacring the city’s Muslim and Jewish population.