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Today is the 195th day of 2021 and the 25th day of summer.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1789, the French Revolution began with the storming of the Bastille in Paris.
In 1881, infamous outlaw Billy the Kid was shot to death by Sheriff Pat Garrett near Fort Sumner in New Mexico.
In 1965, NASA’s Mariner 4 began its flyby of Mars, tak- ing the first close-up photos of the planet.
In 2015, NASA’s New Horizons probe became the first spacecraft to explore Pluto.
In 2016, a truck was driven into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 86 people.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), painter; Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), singer -song- writer/musician; Gerald Ford (1913-2006), 38th U.S. president; Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), screenwriter/director; Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017), actor; Rosey Grier (1932- ), football player/actor; Jane Lynch (1960- ), actress; Matthew Fox (1966- ), actor; Brian Selznick (1966- ), writer/illustrator; Darrelle Revis (1985- ), football player; Conor McGregor (1988- ), mixed martial artist.
TODAY’S FACT: NASA’s New Horizons probe is cur- rently nearly 5 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 32,000 mph through the Kuiper Belt.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1999, the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 79-61 to win the first WNBA All-Star Game.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to bypass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.” — Gerald Ford
TODAY’S NUMBER: $192.7 million — total price fetched for four paintings by Gustav Klimt at a Christie’s auction in 2006.
TODAY’S MOON: Between new moon (July 9) and first quarter moon (July 17).