This Day in History – April 14

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April 14

History is one of the oldest academic disciplines. We understand the scope, comprehensiveness, variety, and degree of learning experiences offered by studying a specific topic by looking at history. On the other hand, it connects humanity’s present with its past. We can’t assume that the future is unrelated to the past. In this blog, we will be covering all the major chunk of events that happened around the world and in India on April 14. 

What Happened in India on April 14?

1699: Khalsa
According to the Nanakshahi calendar, Khalsa, the Sikh religious brotherhood, was established on April 14, 1699, in Northern India.

1995: Asia Cricket Cup final
India won the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah, defeating Sri Lanka.

1891: B.R. Ambedkar
On April 14, 1891, in Mhow, India, an Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Indian Constitution), and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement was born.

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What Happened Around the World on April 14?

43 BC: Battle of Forum Gallorum
Mark Antony defeated the armies of the consul Pansa, who was killed, thus besieging Julius Caesar’s assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Mutina.

1536: English King Henry VIII
Minor monasteries were expropriated by King Henry VIII of England.

1792: French Revolutionary Wars
France declared war on Austria on April 14, 1792, kicking off the French Revolutionary Wars.

1828: First American Dictionary
The copyrights and publishing of Noah Webster’s First American Dictionary were registered.

1841: 1st detective story published
“Murders in Rue Morgue,” by Edgar Allan Poe, was the first detective story released on April 14, 1841.

1858: Abolitionist John Brown met Harriet Tubman
At a Constitutional Convention in Chatham, Ontario, abolitionist John Brown met Harriet Tubman.

1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot
President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington on April 14, 1865, and died the next day.

1894: Kinetoscope
The first public demonstration of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope took place on April 14, 1894. (moving pictures).

1912: Titanic hits an iceberg
At 11:40 p.m., the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland.

1931: Spain became a republic
With the overthrow of King Alfonso XIII, Spain became a republic.

1943: A JN-25 decrypt by American 
The decryption of a JN-25 by American intelligence describing Marshal Admiral Yamamoto’s upcoming visit to Balalae Island resulted in his plane being shot down four days later.

1958: Laika Launched to her Death
The Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 burned during reentry into Earth’s atmosphere on April 14, 1958, with space dog Laika on board.

1972: Irish Republican Army
In towns and cities across Northern Ireland, the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated twenty-four explosives.

1978: Korean Air Lines Boeing 707
A Korean Air Lines Boeing 707 was shot down in Russia after being targeted by the Soviets.

1988: Afghanistan Treaty
The Afghanistan Treaty was signed on April 14, 1988, by the USSR, the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

2003: Abu Abbas captured by US troops
Abu Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian gang that killed an American on the hijacked cruise ship the Achille Lauro in1985, was apprehended by US troops in Baghdad.

2007: 200,000 demonstrators in Turkey protested
At least 200,000 people protested in Ankara, Turkey, against incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s possible candidacy.

2012: Pottermore
J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, launched her website “Pottermore” on April 14, 2012.

2013: Kevin Hart was arrested 
Kevin Hart, a comedian, was arrested in California on suspicion of drunk driving.

2018: Beyonce became the Coachella Music Festival
Beyoncé made history by becoming the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, and her appearance on April 14, 2018, was the most-watched YouTube performance ever.

2019: Ilhan Omar Controversy
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was at the centre of a controversy after making a statement about 9/11 during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations in response to a tweet by Donald Trump, which Nancy Pelosi defended. 

2020: Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden 
Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden, his former Vice President.

2020: Lockdown extended 
India’s COVID-19 lockdown was extended until May 3 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14, 2020.

2020: Donald Trump froze funding for the World Health Organization
President Donald Trump had to put a hold on support for the World Health Organization pending an investigation into the organization’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and for being “China-centric,” drawing international condemnation.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1738: William Cavendish-Bentinck
    William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Whig Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born in Nottinghamshire on April 14, 1738.
  • 1872: Abdullah Yusuf Ali
    Abdullah Yusuf Ali was born in Bombay, British India, and was a British-Indian Islamic scholar and translator who translated the Quran into English.
  • 1906: Faisal of Saudi Arabia 
    On April 14, 1906, Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia, was born in Riyadh, Emirate of Nejd and Hasa.
  • 1945: Ritchie Blackmore
    Ritchie Blackmore (Rainbow-Stone Cold, Deep Purple) was born in Weston-super-Mare, England, on April 19, 1945.

Must Read: This Day in History – April 13 and This Day in History – April 12

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