What are the important events that happened on April 14? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 14: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 14 is the 105th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 1, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,460,592,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentagon’ day.

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Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 289 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,210 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 14 Historical Events

  • 1294
    Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong.
  • 1434
    The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid.
  • 1828
    Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 1860
    The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.
  • 1909
    A massacre is organized by Ottoman Empire against Armenian population of Cilicia.
  • 1912
    The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives.
  • 1986
    1 kg hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
  • 1991
    The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 2002
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.
  • 2003
    U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1336
    Emperor Go-Kōgon of Japan (d. 1374)
  • 1788
    David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)
  • 1886
    Ernst Robert Curtius, Alsatian philologist (d. 1956)
  • 1927
    Alan MacDiarmid, New Zealand chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1965
    Kirk Windstein, American guitarist (Crowbar, Down)
  • 1966
    André Boisclair, Quebec politician (Parti Québécois)
  • 1966
    David Justice, American baseball player
  • 1966
    Greg Maddux, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Alain Côté, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Dafina Zeqiri, Kosovan-Swedish singer

Who died on April 14?

  • 1574
    Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (killed in battle) (b. 1538)
  • 1864
    Charles Lot Church, Nova Scotia politician (b. 1777)
  • 1910
    Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1911
    Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1911
    Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1975
    Fredric March, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1978
    Joe Gordon, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 1990
    Thurston Harris, American singer (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)

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