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, 1,460,592,000 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 ‘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

  • 70
    Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions.
  • 1341
    Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
  • 1639
    Imperial forces are defeated by the Swedes at the Battle of Chemnitz. The Swedish victory prolongs the Thirty Year’s War and allows them to advance into Bohemia.
  • 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.
  • 1849
    Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Lajos Kossuth as its leader.
  • 1865
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1935
    “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Ustashe, a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis Powers after the Axis Operation 25 invasion. Rommel attacks Tobruk.
  • 1969
    At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

Who were born on April 14?

  • 1866
    Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher (d. 1936)
  • 1921
    Thomas Schelling, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1927
    Alan MacDiarmid, New Zealand chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Loretta Lynn, American country musician/singer
  • 1944
    John Sergeant, British journalist
  • 1948
    Anastasios Papaligouras, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1949
    John Shea, American actor
  • 1969
    Vebjørn Selbekk, Norwegian journalist
  • 1984
    Blake Costanzo, American football player
  • 1984
    Charles Hamelin, Canadian short track speed skater

Who died on April 14?

  • 1471
    Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, English kingmaker (b. 1428)
  • 1599
    Henry Wallop, English statesman
  • 1759
    George Frideric Handel, German composer (b. 1685)
  • 1785
    William Whitehead, English writer (b. 1715)
  • 1910
    Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1911
    Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • 1930
    Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian writer (b. 1893)
  • 1975
    Günther Dyhrenfurth, Swiss mountaineer, geologist and Himalayan explorer (b. 1886)
  • 1995
    Burl Ives, American singer and actor (b. 1909)
  • 2000
    Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)

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