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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
July 14
Woody Guthrie

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Woody Guthrie

American singer and songwriter

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Bastille

FEATURED EVENT

1789

Bastille stormed by Paris mob

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Nice, France
2016: In France's third major terrorist attack in 18 months, a man drove a truck through a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing more than 80 people and injuring hundreds. [Test your knowledge of French history.]
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