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

  • 1205
    Battle of Adrianople between Bulgarians and Crusaders.
  • 1294
    Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong.
  • 1341
    Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
  • 1909
    A massacre is organized by Ottoman Empire against Armenian population of Cilicia.
  • 1935
    “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
  • 1939
    The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
  • 1958
    The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days.
  • 1969
    At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
  • 1978
    1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1629
    Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician (d. 1695)
  • 1936
    Kenneth Mars, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1942
    Björn Rosengren, Swedish politician
  • 1952
    Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman
  • 1957
    Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
  • 1969
    Mark Macon, American basketball player
  • 1973
    David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo)
  • 1983
    Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Georgian basketball player
  • 1984
    Tyler Thigpen, American football player
  • 1996
    Abigail Breslin, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1345
    Richard Aungerville, English bishop and writer (b. 1287)
  • 1911
    Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1912
    Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)
  • 1943
    Yakov Dzhugashvili, the oldest child of Stalin (b. 1907)
  • 1964
    Tatyana Alexeyevna Afanasyeva, Russian/Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)
  • 1965
    Dick Hickock (b. 1933) and Perry Smith (b. 1928) American murderers
  • 2001
    Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2010
    Peter Steele, American musician (b. 1962)

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