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 2015 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 1, 2015 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 23,816,160 minutes 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 300 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 844 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 14 Historical Events

  • 1205
    Battle of Adrianople between Bulgarians and Crusaders.
  • 1341
    Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
  • 1816
    Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed. For this, he is remembered as the first national hero of Barbados.
  • 1846
    The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
  • 1906
    The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
  • 1939
    The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
  • 1956
    In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1788
    David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)
  • 1827
    Augustus Pitt Rivers, English archaeologist (d. 1900)
  • 1897
    Claire Windsor, American actress (d. 1972)
  • 1958
    John D'Aquino, American actor
  • 1972
    Roberto Mejia, Dominican baseball player
  • 1973
    David Miller, American tenor (Il Divo)
  • 1975
    Luciano Almeida, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Chandra Levy, American intern (d. 2001)
  • 1977
    Rob McElhenney, American actor
  • 1987
    Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (d. 2011)

Who died on April 14?

  • 1471
    Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, English kingmaker (b. 1428)
  • 1682
    Avvakum, Russian priest and writer (b. 1621) (April 1 O.S.)
  • 1721
    Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)
  • 1910
    Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1911
    Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1935
    Amalie Emmy Noether, German mathematician (b. 1882)
  • 1941
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • 1964
    Tatyana Alexeyevna Afanasyeva, Russian/Dutch mathematician (b. 1876)
  • 1975
    Fredric March, American actor (b. 1897)
  • 1983
    Gianni Rodari, Italian writer and journalist, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1970 (b. 1920)

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