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.
  • 1699
    Khalsa: The Sikh Religion was formalised as the Khalsa - the brotherhood of Warrior-Saints - by Guru Gobind Singh in Northern India, in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.
  • 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.
  • 1860
    The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.
  • 1865
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.
  • 1927
    The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1931
    First edition of the Highway Code published in Great Britain.
  • 1935
    “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
  • 1956
    In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
  • 2003
    The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1891
    B. R. Ambedkar, Indian jurist (d. 1956)
  • 1929
    Gerry Anderson, English television producer
  • 1945
    Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Deep Purple)
  • 1949
    John Shea, American actor
  • 1957
    Lothaire Bluteau, Canadian actor
  • 1958
    John D'Aquino, American actor
  • 1971
    Peter Gibson, American writer
  • 1981
    Mustafa Güngör, German rugby player
  • 1983
    Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Georgian basketball player
  • 1989
    Joe Haden, American football player

Who died on April 14?

  • 1574
    Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (killed in battle) (b. 1538)
  • 1716
    Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • 1950
    Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • 1964
    Rachel Carson, American author and environmentalist (b. 1907)
  • 1975
    Günther Dyhrenfurth, Swiss mountaineer, geologist and Himalayan explorer (b. 1886)
  • 1983
    Gianni Rodari, Italian writer and journalist, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970 (b. 1920)
  • 1984
    Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • 1986
    Simone de Beauvoir, French feminist writer (b. 1908)
  • 2007
    June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)

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