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, 24,343,200 minutes 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

  • 43 BC
    Battle of Forum Gallorum: Mark Antony, besieging Julius Caesar’s assassin Decimus Junius Brutus Albinus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is wounded.
  • 69
    Vitellius, commander of the Rhine armies, defeats Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum and seizes the throne.
  • 1471
    In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne.
  • 1775
    The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
  • 1816
    Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados.
  • 1906
    The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
  • 1935
    “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
  • 1986
    1 kg hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
  • 2003
    The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
  • 2007
    At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1904
    Sir John Gielgud, English actor (d. 2000)
  • 1925
    Abel Muzorewa, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (d. 2010)
  • 1930
    Bradford Dillman, American actor
  • 1935
    Erich von Däniken, Swiss writer
  • 1965
    Tom Dey, American film director
  • 1975
    Amy Birnbaum, American voice actress
  • 1976
    Christian Älvestam, Swedish musician (Scar Symmetry)
  • 1979
    Rebecca DiPietro, American model
  • 1981
    Amy Leach, British theatre director
  • 1996
    Abigail Breslin, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1574
    Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (killed in battle) (b. 1538)
  • 1578
    James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1599
    Henry Wallop, English statesman
  • 1721
    Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)
  • 1864
    Charles Lot Church, Nova Scotia politician (b. 1777)
  • 1911
    Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1983
    Pete Farndon, English bassist (The Pretenders) (b. 1952)
  • 1999
    Anthony Newley, British actor and singer (b. 1931)
  • 2007
    June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • 2011
    Trevor Bannister, English actor (b. 1934)

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