What Happened on August 14

Historical Events

  • 1281 During Kublai Khan's Second Invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan
  • 1842 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma
  • 1945 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)
  • 1947 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1969 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1980 In Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
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Did You Know?

Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed after it was began in 1248 - largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

On August 14, 1880

Famous Weddings

  • 1756 Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina
  • 1939 "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)
  • 1956 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)
  • 1964 World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi
  • 1965 Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director/producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married
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