What are the important events that happened on August 14? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 14: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 14 is the 226th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 139 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 1, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,502,668,800 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 ‘dihectaicosahexagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 189 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 1,697 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 14 Historical Events

  • 1183
    Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of the Second Year of Juei).
  • 1598
    Nine Years War: Battle of the Yellow Ford – Irish forces under Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, defeat an English expeditionary force under Henry Bagenal.
  • 1885
    Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • 1893
    France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration.
  • 1916
    Romania declares war on Austro-Hungary, joining the Entente in World War I
  • 1933
    Loggers cause a forest fire in the Coast Range of Oregon, later known as the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn. It is extinguished on September 5, after destroying 240,000 acre.
  • 1936
    Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.
  • 1967
    UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal.
  • 1996
    Greek Cypriot refugee Solomos Solomou is murdered by Turkish forces while trying to climb a flagpole in order to remove a Turkish flag from its mast in the United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus.
  • 2006
    Chencholai bombing in which 61 Tamil girls are killed in Sri Lankan Airforce bombing.

Who were born on August 14?

  • 1688
    Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia (d. 1740)
  • 1863
    Ernest Thayer, American poet (d. 1940)
  • 1940
    Dash Crofts, American musician
  • 1949
    Bob Backlund, American wrestler
  • 1949
    Morten Olsen, Danish footballer
  • 1950
    Gary Larson, American cartoonist (The Far Side)
  • 1956
    Andy King, English footballer
  • 1973
    Daisuke Ishiwatari, Japanese game developer and composer
  • 1984
    Robin Söderling, Swedish tennis player
  • 1985
    Digão, Brazilian footballer

Who died on August 14?

  • 1870
    David Farragut, American officer of the United States Navy (b. 1801)
  • 1941
    Paul Sabatier, French chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1972
    Oscar Levant, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1980
    Dorothy Stratten, Canadian actress and model (b. 1960)
  • 1988
    Enzo Ferrari, Italian car maker (b. 1898)
  • 1992
    John Sirica, American judge (b. 1904)
  • 2000
    Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    Coo Coo Marlin, American race car driver (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Bruno Kirby, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2010
    Herman Leonard, American photographer (b. 1923)

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