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 2020 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, 2020 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,447,040 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 ‘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 304 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 2,671 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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April 14 Historical Events
Henry III, son of Conrad, is elected king of the Germans.
Battle of Adrianople between Bulgarians and Crusaders.
The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid.
The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
Bombay Explosion: A massive explosion in Bombay harbor kills 300 and causes economic damage valued then at 20 million pounds.
Gnassingbé Eyadéma overthrows President of Togo Nicolas Grunitzky and installs himself as the new president, a title he would hold for the next 38 years.
In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
Who were born on April 14?
Christiaan Huygens, Dutch mathematician (d. 1695)
Don Willesee, Australian politician (d. 2003)
Valerie Hobson, British actress (d. 1998)
Fredric Jameson, American philosopher, cultural theorist
Julie Christie, British actress
Ritchie Blackmore, English guitarist (Deep Purple)
Mikhail Pletnev, Russian pianist, conductor and composer
Miguel Calero, Colombian footballer
Grant Clitsome,Canadian Hockey Player
Abigail Breslin, American actress
Who died on April 14?
Richard Aungerville, English bishop and writer (b. 1287)
Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
L. L. Zamenhof, Polish creator of Esperanto (b. 1859)
Fredric March, American actor (b. 1897)
Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
Don Ho, American musician (b. 1930)
June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney’s Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)
Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
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