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

  • 70
    Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions.
  • 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.
  • 1828
    Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
  • 1865
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.
  • 1890
    The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.
  • 1894
    The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
  • 1945
    Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1886
    Ernst Robert Curtius, Alsatian philologist (d. 1956)
  • 1917
    Valerie Hobson, British actress (d. 1998)
  • 1930
    Bradford Dillman, American actor
  • 1949
    Chris Langham, British actor, writer, producer, director
  • 1950
    Francis Collins, American scientist, director of National Health Institutes
  • 1958
    Peter Capaldi, Scottish actor and director
  • 1966
    Greg Maddux, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Rajeshwari Sachdev, Indian actress
  • 1980
    Win Butler, American/Canadian musician (Arcade Fire)
  • 1996
    Abigail Breslin, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1662
    William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman (b. 1582)
  • 1682
    Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (b. 1621) (April 1 O.S.)
  • 1716
    Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • 1864
    Charles Lot Church, Nova Scotia politician (b. 1777)
  • 1917
    L. L. Zamenhof, Polish creator of Esperanto (b. 1859)
  • 1978
    Joe Gordon, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 1983
    Pete Farndon, English bassist (The Pretenders) (b. 1952)
  • 2007
    Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
  • 2010
    Peter Steele, American musician (b. 1962)
  • 2011
    Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)

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