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

  • 70
    Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1894
    The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
  • 1939
    The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
  • 1940
    World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.
  • 1945
    Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.
  • 1988
    In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
  • 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.
  • 2010
    Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1800
    John George Appold, fur dyer and engineer (d. 1865)
  • 1827
    Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist (d. 1900)
  • 1870
    Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter (d. 1905)
  • 1881
    Husain Salaahuddin, Maldivian writer (d. 1948)
  • 1889
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee, English historian (d. 1975)
  • 1930
    Bradford Dillman, American actor
  • 1931
    Paul Masnick, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1933
    Boris Kolar, Croatian animator
  • 1986
    Anne Watanabe, Japanese model
  • 1993
    Vivien Cardone, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1471
    Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, English kingmaker (b. 1428)
  • 1721
    Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)
  • 1914
    Hubert Bland, English co-founder of the Fabian Society (b. 1855)
  • 1925
    John Singer Sargent, American artist (b. 1856)
  • 1941
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • 1965
    Dick Hickock (b. 1933) and Perry Smith (b. 1928) American murderers
  • 2000
    Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball player (b. 1910)
  • 2007
    June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • 2011
    Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)

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