Bastille Day / World Chimpanzee Day

Bastille Day

July 14

The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on 14 July on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

World Chimpanzee Day

July 14

Chimpanzees represent one of our closest living relatives, sharing 98% of our genetic DNA. Evolutionary biologists believe that humans and chimps shared a common ancestor around 7 million years ago. The oldest recorded chimpanzee was Little Mamma, a captive female who was between 76 to 82 years old when she died in 2017. Chimpanzees are one of the few animals that are known to use tools. This includes the use of sticks to retrieve termites from their mounds, stones to open up appetizing nut contents, and leaf-sponges to soak up drinking water.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Gerald Ford – 38th President of the U.S. – born in Omaha, Nebraska

Woody Guthrie – Folk Singer – born in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma


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