About December 14

December 14, 2021 is the 348th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 17 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 49 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 14

  • 1287
    St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
  • 1542
    Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • 1751
    The Theresian Military Academy is founded as the first Military Academy in the world.
  • 1819
    Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
  • 1836
    The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • 1902
    The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 1903
    The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1907
    The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather’s Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
  • 1909
    New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signed the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.
  • 1913
    Haruna, the fourth and last ship of the Sclass Kongō, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.
  • 1946
    The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish its headquarters in New York City.
  • 1962
    NASA’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
  • 1971
    Over 200 of East Pakistan’s (now Bangladesh) intellectuals are massacred by the Pakistani Army and their local allies.
  • 1981
    Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
  • 1983
    The 3rd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
  • 1994
    Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
  • 1999
    Torrential rains cause flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state’s infrastructure.
  • 2003
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • 2006
    American spy satellite USA-193 is launched.
  • 2008
    President George W. Bush makes his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a news conference in Baghdad.

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