What happened this day in history August 14

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 227th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 139 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 1, 2020 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,622,720 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 ‘dihectaicosaheptagon’ 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 182 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 2,793 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 14 Historical Events

  • 1385
    Portuguese Crisis of 1383–1385: Battle of Aljubarrota – Portuguese forces commanded by King João I and his general Nuno Álvares Pereira defeat the Castilian army of King Juan I.
  • 1880
    Construction of Cologne Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Cologne, Germany, is completed.
  • 1900
    The Eight-Nation Alliance occupies Beijing, in a campaign to end the bloody Boxer Rebellion in China.
  • 1916
    Romania declares war on Austro-Hungary, joining the Entente in World War I
  • 1935
    United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired.
  • 1945
    Japan accepts the Allied terms of surrender in World War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in Japan standard time).
  • 1967
    UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal.
  • 1972
    An East German Ilyushin Il-62 crashes during takeoff from East Berlin, killing 156.
  • 2003
    Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
  • 2010
    The first-ever Youth Olympic Games are held in Singapore.

Who were born on August 14?

  • 1915
    B.A. Santamaria, Australian political activist and journalist (d. 1998)
  • 1923
    Diodoros, Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Buddy Greco, American singer and pianist
  • 1932
    Lee Hoffman, American author (d. 2007)
  • 1941
    Lynne Cheney, American political figure
  • 1965
    Mark Collins, English guitarist
  • 1968
    Darren Clarke, Northern Irish golfer
  • 1973
    Kieren Perkins, Australian swimmer
  • 1981
    Julius Jones, American football player
  • 1987
    Tim Tebow, American football player and winner of 2007 Heisman trophy

Who died on August 14?

  • 1874
    Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (b. 1821)
  • 1905
    Simeon Solomon, British artist (b. 1840)
  • 1938
    Hugh Trumble, Australian cricketer (b. 1876)
  • 1941
    Paul Sabatier, French chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1941
    Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • 1972
    Oscar Levant, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1981
    Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • 1984
    Spud Davis, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1992
    John Sirica, American judge (b. 1904)
  • 2001
    Earl Anthony, professional bowler (b. 1938)

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