It’s Paris’ birthday today—it’s 2064th! The city’s been through Roman rule when Julius Caesar took over, a devastating bout of the black death in the 1300s, and was the center of a flourishing arts scene during the Renaissance.
It was also around this time of year in 1789 that the French Revolution really began to pick up steam, leading to widespread and sometimes violent upheaval that changed French society forever. In more recent history, Paris has been the epicenter of tensions with police, labor strikes, and attacks by religious extremists.
Back in America, and also on this day (in 1776) the Liberty Bell was rung for the first time, signaling the first ever public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Although the 4th of July is the date we mark as the day America declared independence from the British, the 7th of July was actually the date that most Americans would have heard the declaration in a town square. At some point in the 1800s the bell, which is still at the Pennsylvania State House, was cracked. No-one knows how or when exactly it happened, but one story holds that it was damaged while being rung for the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall on July 8th 1835, exactly 64 years to the day after the declaration was read for the first time.
Oh, and it’s Jaden Smith’s birthday today. Watch Timeline’s Today In History for more.