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, 1,492,128,000 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 ‘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

  • 1341
    Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
  • 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.
  • 1828
    Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 1846
    The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
  • 1865
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1881
    The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1940
    World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.
  • 1956
    In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
  • 1986
    1 kg hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
  • 1999
    NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1926
    Liz Renay, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1942
    Valentin Lebedev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1949
    Chris Langham, British actor, writer, producer, director
  • 1958
    John D'Aquino, American actor
  • 1967
    Nicola Berti, Italian footballer
  • 1970
    Emre Altuğ, Turkish singer
  • 1974
    Da Brat (Shawntae Harris), American rapper
  • 1976
    Anna DeForge, American basketball player
  • 1983
    Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Georgian basketball player
  • 1987
    Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (d. 2011)

Who died on April 14?

  • 1574
    Louis of Nassau, Dutch general (killed in battle) (b. 1538)
  • 1662
    William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman (b. 1582)
  • 1759
    George Frideric Handel, German composer (b. 1685)
  • 1911
    Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1917
    L. L. Zamenhof, Polish creator of Esperanto (b. 1859)
  • 1941
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • 1943
    Yakov Dzhugashvili, the oldest child of Stalin (b. 1907)
  • 2004
    Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • 2008
    Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2011
    Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)

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