Today is the 195th day of 2014 and the 24th 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 1951, the George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri, was dedicated, becoming the first U.S. national monument to honor an African-American.
In 2004, the U.S. Senate voted 50-48 against a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), painter; Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), painter; Woody Guthrie (1912-1967), musician; Gerald Ford (1913-2006), 38th U.S. president; Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007), screenwriter/director; Harry Dean Stanton (1926- ), actor; Vincent Pastore (1946- ), actor; Jane Lynch (1960- ), actress; Matthew Fox (1966- ), actor; Brian Selznick (1966- ), writer/illustrator; Darrele Revis (1985- ), football player.
TODAY'S FACT: The French revolutionaries were called "sans-culottes," or "without breeches," which referred to their preference for wearing long trousers rather than the breeches of the aristocracy.
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: "Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." -- Woody Guthrie
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 full moon (July 12) and last quarter moon (July 18).