July 14, 1984, in The Star: Boosted by 200 new jobs, mostly in the manufacturing sector, Calhoun County's unemployment rate dropped from 10 percent in April to 9.4 percent in May. Also this date: Rev. Emmett Pettus Roper, 47, is a full-time Baptist evangelist who runs a ministries program from his home in the New Liberty community northwest of Jacksonville. One of ten children born to tenant farmers in Webster's Chapel, young Emmett realized when he was just 16 that he had been called to preach. In August 1982 he became an evangelist after being a preacher for the 22 years previous. Roper is also an amateur radio operator.
On July 14 in
1789 — During the French Revolution, citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and released the seven prisoners inside.
1798 — Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
1908 — The short film The Adventures of Dollie, the first movie directed by D.W. Griffith, opened in New York.
1933 — All German political parties, except the Nazi Party, were outlawed.
Tuesday's birthdays: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 83. Actress Nancy Olson is 81. Actress Polly Bergen is 79. Former football player Rosey Grier is 77. Actor Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos) is 63. Actor Jerry Houser is 57. Movie producer Scott Rudin is 51. Singer-guitarist Kyle Gass is 49. Country musician Ray Herndon (McBride and the Ride) is 49. Actor Matthew Fox is 43. Rock musician Ellen Reid (Crash Test Dummies) is 43. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati is 38. Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is 34. Actor Scott Porter is 30.