About September 14

September 14, 2021 is the 257th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 108 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 140 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On September 14

  • 81
    Domitian becomes Emperor of the Roman Empire upon the death of his brother Titus.
  • 786
    “Night of the three Caliphs”: Harun al-Rashid becomes the Abbasid caliph upon the death of his brother al-Hadi. Birth of Harun’s son al-Ma'mun.
  • 1741
    George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio Messiah
  • 1752
    The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).
  • 1814
    The poem Defence of Fort McHenry is written by Francis Scott Key. The poem is later used as the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • 1829
    The Ottoman Empire signs the Treaty of Adrianople with Russia, thus ending the Russo-Turkish War.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: Winfield Scott captures Mexico City.
  • 1901
    President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • 1923
    Miguel Primo de Rivera becomes dictator of Spain.
  • 1939
    World War II: The Estonian military boards the Polish submarine ship ORP in Tallinn, sparking a diplomatic incident that the Soviet Union will later use to justify the annexation of Estonia.
  • 1954
    In a top secret nuclear test, a Soviet Tu-4 bomber drops a 40 kiloton atomic weapon just north of Totskoye village, exposing some 45,000 soldiers and 10,000 civilians to nuclear fallout.
  • 1959
    The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
  • 1960
    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.
  • 1969
    The US Selective Service selects September 14 as the First Draft Lottery Date.
  • 1975
    The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.
  • 1979
    Afghan President Nur Muhammad Taraki is assassinated upon the order of Hafizullah Amin, who becomes the new president.
  • 1987
    The Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, hitting 10 of them.
  • 1995
    Body Worlds opens in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1998
    Telecommunications companies MCI Communications and WorldCom complete their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.
  • 2007
    Late-2000s financial crisis: The Northern Rock bank experiences the first bank run in the United Kingdom in 150 years.

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