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This Day in History: July 14


In 1967, Merriweather Post Pavilion opened in Columbia. The venue, originally named the Merriweather Post Pavilion of Music, was planned to be the summer location for the National Symphony Orchestra. Vice President Hubert Humphrey (above) spoke at the opening event. Today, the pavilion is host to many different types of concerts and Rolling Stone magazine named it the fourth-best amphitheater in the country in 2013. (William L. LaForce Jr., Baltimore Sun photo)

1798: Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writings about the U.S. government.

1853: Commodore Matthew Perry relayed to Japanese officials a letter from President Millard Fillmore requesting trade relations.

1913: Gerald Ford, who would become the nation’s 38th president, was born in Omaha, Neb.

1965: The American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the planet.

Compiled by Jessica D. Evans and Paul McCardell.

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