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 105th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 1, 2016 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 405,720 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 ‘hectapentagon’ 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 289 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 1,210 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 14 Historical Events

  • 1775
    The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
  • 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.
  • 1849
    Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Lajos Kossuth as its leader.
  • 1906
    The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.
  • 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.
  • 1978
    1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
  • 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.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1872
    Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born Islamic scholar and translator (d. 1953)
  • 1889
    Arnold Joseph Toynbee, English historian (d. 1975)
  • 1928
    Ezra Fleischer, Romanian dissident, later Israeli writer (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Paul Masnick, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1946
    Mireille Guiliano, French-American author
  • 1950
    Péter Esterházy, Hungarian writer
  • 1962
    Scott Boman, American politician
  • 1974
    Da Brat (Shawntae Harris), American rapper
  • 1975
    Luciano Almeida, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977
    Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress

Who died on April 14?

  • 1132
    Mstislav I of Kiev (b. 1076)
  • 1322
    Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Lord Badlesmere, English soldier (b. 1275)
  • 1599
    Henry Wallop, English statesman
  • 1911
    Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1941
    Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • 1975
    Günther Dyhrenfurth, Swiss mountaineer, geologist and Himalayan explorer (b. 1886)
  • 1994
    Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
  • 2006
    Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • 2008
    Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • 2008
    Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)

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