About April 14

April 14, 2021 is the 104th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 261 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

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Aries is the sun 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 293 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On April 14

  • 69
    Vitellius, commander of the Rhine armies, defeats Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum and seizes the throne.
  • 966
    After his marriage to the Christian Dobrawa of Bohemia, the pagan ruler of the Polans, Mieszko I, converts to Christianity, an event considered to be the founding of the Polish state.
  • 1471
    In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne.
  • 1849
    Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Lajos Kossuth as its leader.
  • 1860
    The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.
  • 1865
    U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1865
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.
  • 1927
    The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
  • 1931
    Spanish Cortes depose King Alfonso XIII and proclaims the 2nd Spanish Republic.
  • 1935
    “Black Sunday Storm”, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
  • 1939
    The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    Bombay Explosion: A massive explosion in Bombay harbor kills 300 and causes economic damage valued then at 20 million pounds.
  • 1981
    STS-1 – The first operational space shuttle, Columbia (OV-102) completes its first test flight.
  • 1991
    The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
  • 1994
    In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.
  • 2002
    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.
  • 2003
    The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
  • 2003
    U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.
  • 2010
    Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.

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