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 104th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 1, 2017 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 414,480 hours 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 ‘hectatetragon’ 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 311 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 1,575 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 14 Historical Events

  • 1205
    Battle of Adrianople between Bulgarians and Crusaders.
  • 1294
    Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong.
  • 1639
    Imperial forces are defeated by the Swedes at the Battle of Chemnitz. The Swedish victory prolongs the Thirty Year’s War and allows them to advance into Bohemia.
  • 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.
  • 1865
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1956
    In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
  • 1958
    The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days.
  • 1969
    At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
  • 1986
    In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.
  • 2002
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1738
    William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1809)
  • 1773
    Jean-Baptiste de Villèle, French statesman (d. 1854)
  • 1905
    Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator (d. 1999)
  • 1925
    Rod Steiger, American actor (d. 2002)
  • 1932
    Loretta Lynn, American country musician/singer
  • 1965
    Kirk Windstein, American guitarist (Crowbar, Down)
  • 1966
    André Boisclair, Quebec politician (Parti Québécois)
  • 1975
    Luciano Almeida, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980
    Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1996
    Abigail Breslin, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1132
    Mstislav I of Kiev (b. 1076)
  • 1574
    Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (killed in battle) (b. 1538)
  • 1682
    Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (b. 1621) (April 1 O.S.)
  • 1785
    William Whitehead, English writer (b. 1715)
  • 1965
    Dick Hickock (b. 1933) and Perry Smith (b. 1928) American murderers
  • 1995
    Burl Ives, American singer and actor (b. 1909)
  • 2000
    Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 2000
    Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • 2007
    Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)

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