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, 405,720 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 ‘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

  • 69
    Vitellius, commander of the Rhine armies, defeats Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum and seizes the throne.
  • 966
    After his marriage to the Christian Dobrawa of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans, Mieszko I, converts to Christianity, an event considered to be the founding of the Polish state.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1890
    The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969
    At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
  • 1988
    In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
  • 1999
    NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
  • 2005
    The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1886
    Árpád Tóth, Hungarian poet (d. 1928)
  • 1917
    Marvin Miller, American labor activist
  • 1923
    Roberto DeVicenzo, Argentine golfer
  • 1924
    Shorty Rogers, American jazz musician (d. 1994)
  • 1932
    Bob Grant, English actor (d. 2003)
  • 1936
    Bobby Nichols, American professional golfer
  • 1948
    Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1950
    Francis Collins, American scientist, director of National Health Institutes
  • 1969
    Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
  • 1979
    Noé Pamarot, French footballer

Who died on April 14?

  • 1792
    Maximilian Hell, Hungarian astronomer (b. 1720)
  • 1930
    Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1963
    Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, Indian historian, (b. 1893)
  • 1964
    Rachel Carson, American author and environmentalist (b. 1907)
  • 1975
    Fredric March, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 2000
    Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • 2001
    Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2004
    Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)

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