What happened this day in history May 14

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

May 14: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 14 is the 134th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 231 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 1, 2023 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,684,022,400 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 ‘hectatriacontatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 272 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 3,796 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 14 Historical Events

  • 1509
    Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Venetians.
  • 1607
    Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
  • 1608
    The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
  • 1868
    Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō.
  • 1870
    The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  • 1889
    The children’s charity National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launched in London.
  • 1931
    Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
  • 1940
    World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
  • 1955
    Cold War: Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
  • 1963
    Kuwait joins the United Nations.

Who were born on May 14?

  • 1630
    Katakura Kagenaga (2nd) (d. 1681)
  • 1900
    Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • 1905
    Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • 1942
    Valeriy Brumel, Soviet high jumper (d. 2003)
  • 1943
    Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist (Cream)
  • 1945
    Francesca Annis, British actress
  • 1949
    Walter Day, founder of Twin Galaxies
  • 1980
    Júlia Sebestyén, Hungarian figure skater
  • 1984
    Nigel Reo-Coker, English footballer
  • 1985
    Simona Peycheva, Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast

Who died on May 14?

  • 1574
    Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (b. 1479)
  • 1610
    King Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  • 1669
    Georges de Scudéry, French writer (b. 1601)
  • 1818
    Matthew Gregory Lewis, English novelist (b. 1775)
  • 1860
    Ludwig Bechstein, German writer (b. 1801)
  • 1887
    Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • 1931
    Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (b. 1887)
  • 1987
    Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1991
    Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)

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