About August 14

August 14, 2020 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.

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Leo is the sun 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.

What Happened On August 14

  • 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.
  • 1816
    the United Kingdom formally annexed the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, ruling them from the Cape Colony in South Africa.
  • 1842
    Indian Wars: Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to Oklahoma.
  • 1848
    Oregon Territory is organized by act of Congress.
  • 1880
    Construction of Cologne Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Cologne, Germany, is completed.
  • 1888
    An audio recording of English composer Arthur Sullivan’s “The Lost Chord”, one of the first recordings of music ever made, is played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edison’s phonograph in London.
  • 1900
    The Eight-Nation Alliance occupies Beijing, in a campaign to end the bloody Boxer Rebellion in China.
  • 1901
    The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.
  • 1935
    United States Social Security Act passes, creating a government pension system for the retired.
  • 1937
    Chinese Air Force Day: The beginning of air-to-air combat of the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II in general, when 6 Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are shot down by the Nationalist Chinese Air Force while raiding Chinese air bases.
  • 1941
    World War II – Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims.
  • 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).
  • 1947
    Pakistan gains Independence from the British Empire and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1959
    Founding and first official meeting of the American Football League.
  • 1967
    UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act declares participation in offshore pirate radio illegal.
  • 1969
    Operation Banner: British troops are deployed in Northern Ireland.
  • 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.
  • 2003
    Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
  • 2007
    The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 796 people.

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