Historical Events on August 14

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  • 554 Ravenna becomes seat of Byzantine military governor in Italy
  • 1183 Taira no Munemori and Taira clan take young Emperor Antoku and 3 sacred treasures and flee to western Japan to escape Minamoto clan (Traditional Japanese date: 25th Day of the 7th Month of the 2nd Year of Juei).

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1281 During Kublai Khan's Second Invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan

Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty Kublai Khan
Mongolian Emperor and Founder of the Yuan Dynasty
Kublai Khan
  • 1385 Portuguese defeat Castilians at Aljubarrota, retain independence
  • 1395 Utrecht bishop Frederik of Blankenheim occupies Coevorden
  • 1457 Oldest known exactly dated printed book (c 3 years after Gutenberg)

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1498 Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in what is now Venezuela

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1551 Turkish fleet under Dragut occupies Tripoli
  • 1559 Spanish explorer de Luna lands in Pensacola Bay, Fla

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1585 Queen Elizabeth I of England refuses sovereignty of Netherlands

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1597 Cornelis de Houtmans fleet is 1st Dutch visit to Java
  • 1624 Dutch fleet seizes Callao the Lima in Peru
  • 1636 Spanish troops occupy Corbie at Amiens
  • 1642 Able Tasman's ships Heemskerck/Zeehaen depart out from Batavia
  • 1678 Battle of Mons - French repulse William of Orange
  • 1743 Prussian army occupies Saksen, beginning 2nd Silezian War
  • 1756 French capture Fort Oswego, NY
  • 1758 Battle of Zorndorf: Prussia beats Russia, 1000s killed
  • 1762 English fleet occupies Havana
  • 1765 Massachusetts colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • 1782 Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies
  • 1790 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Verela
  • 1813 British warship Pelican attacks & captures US war brigantine Argus
  • 1816 Great Britain annexes Tristan da Cunha
  • 1820 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC
  • 1824 General Lafayette returns to US
  • 1825 Dutch King Willem I throws foreign students out
  • 1842 Second Seminole War declared over by Colonel Worth; Indians go on to be removed from Florida to Oklahoma

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1846 Henry David Thoreau jailed for refusing to pay taxes

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1846 The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
  • 1848 Oregon Territory created
  • 1861 79th NY troops mutinies
  • 1861 Martial Law is declared at St Louis, Missouri, due to pro-secession sentiment which surged throughout Missouri after the Battle of Wilson's Creek

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1862 Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1864 -16] Confederate General Joe Wheeler besieges Dalton, Georgia
  • 1864 2nd day of battle at Deep Bottom Run Virginia: Federal assault
  • 1873 "Field & Stream" begins publishing
  • 1875 Society of Regte Afrikaanders establishes in Paarl
  • 1876 Prairie View State University forms
  • 1880 Construction of Cologne Cathedral completed after it was began in 1248 - largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe

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1882 Queen Victoria recieves Zulu chief Cetewayo

Queen of the United Kingdom Victoria
Queen of the United Kingdom
  • 1885 Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
  • 1890 Cecil Rhodes' colonists reach Mashonaland (Fort Victoria)
  • 1893 France introduces motor vehicle registration, includes a driving test
  • 1894 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge demonstrates wireless telegraphy (radio) using Morse code at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science at Oxford University
  • 1897 The town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from Menabe defenders in Madagascar.
  • 1900 1st electric tram in Netherland (Leidseplein-Brouwersgracht)
  • 1901 SS Islander hits iceberg near Alaska & sinks killing 70
  • 1901 The first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1903 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1905 Ngindo-rebellion killed 5 RC German clergymen in East-Africa
  • 1907 "Ha-Tikva" adopted as official Zionist hymn
  • 1908 Race riot in Springfield Illinois
  • 1908 The first beauty contest is held in Folkestone, England.
  • 1910 6th International Congress of Esperantists held in Washington, D.C.
  • 1911 General Leconte appointed temporary President of Haiti
  • 1911 United States Senate leaders begin to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.
  • 1912 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925
  • 1914 British field marshal John French & Gen Wilson land in France
  • 1915 British transport Royal Edward sank by German U boat kills 1000
  • 1917 China declares war on Germany & Austria
  • 1917 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • 1919 White Sox Happy Felsch ties record of 4 outfield assists in a game
  • 1919 Yankee Muddy Ruel hits into a triple-play
  • 1920 Little Entente formed by Czechoslovakia & Yugoslavia
  • 1920 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • 1921 Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by Russia).
  • 1922 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
  • 1925 Mount Rushmore Monument first proposed
  • 1925 The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is completed and goes on line.
  • 1928 Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • 1929 Jewish Agency for Palestine forms
  • 1932 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • 1932 Dodger John Quinn, 49, is oldest pitcher to win a major league game
  • 1932 Philips makes 1 millionth radio
  • 1933 Jimmie Foxx hits for cycle & sets AL record with 9 RBIs
  • 1935 Social Security Act becomes law
  • 1936 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • 1936 Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the last public execution in the United States.
  • 1937 China declares war on Japan
  • 1937 Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header vs St Louis Browns
  • 1938 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)
  • 1939 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)
  • 1940 Dutch Premier De Geer vacations in Switzerland

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1941 US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

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1942 Dwight D. Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1943 -Aug 24th: Quadrant conference over strike in Pacific Ocean
  • 1943 1st allied air raid on Borneo
  • 1943 US 45th Division occupies Falcone 40 km outside of Messina

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1944 British premier Winston Churchill arrives at Corsica

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • 1944 Operation Tractable: new Canadian offensive
  • 1944 Russian offensive at Weichsel

Victory in battleVictory over Japan Day

1945 V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)

  • 1947 Mildred Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up amateur status for $300,000
  • 1947 Pakistan gains independence from Great Britain
  • 1948 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain

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1948 Bradman's last Test Cricket innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • 1949 Military coup in Syria under colonel Sami Hinnawi
  • 1952 Mátyás Rákosi appointed premier of Hungary
  • 1953 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • 1953 KXLF TV channel 4 in Butte, MT (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WGR TV (now WGRZ) TV channel 2 in Buffalo, NY (NBC) begins
  • 1958 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
  • 1958 Cleve Indian, Vic Power steals home twice in 1 game
  • 1958 KLM Superconstellation crashes west of Ireland, killing 99
  • 1959 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • 1959 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • 1960 UN peace-keeping troops deployed to the Republic of Congo
  • 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • 1962 French & Italian workers break through at Mont Blanc Vehicular Tunnel
  • 1962 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 60,000 m
  • 1962 US mail truck in Plymouth, Mass robbed of more than $1.5 million
  • 1964 Bo Belinsky is suspended after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer
  • 1964 Egypt/Iraq/Jordan/Kuwait/Syria form common market
  • 1965 Beatles tape an appearance for Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1965 Continental Football League plays 1st games
  • 1965 Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" hits #1
  • 1966 1st US lunar orbiter begins orbiting Moon
  • 1966 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert is held, featuring Beatles
  • 1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1967 Belgian embassy in Kinshasa, Congo, plundered
  • 1967 British pirate radio station Radio 270 broadcast from an offshore lugger, is forced to close down
  • 1967 Radio Scotland & Radio Swinging Holland go off the air
  • 1968 Montreal Expos officially become a member of NL
  • 1969 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • 1969 In response to events in Derry, Irish nationalists hold protests throughout Northern Ireland, some of these became violent
  • 1969 British Army deploys on the streets of Northern Ireland, marking the beginning of Operation Banner
  • 1970 City University of NY inaugurates open admissions
  • 1970 Steven Stills arrested for drug possession
  • 1971 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • 1971 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • 1971 Cards Bob Gibson, 35, no-hits Pirates, 11-0
  • 1971 France performs nuclear test
  • 1972 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • 1972 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast

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1973 Johnny Unitas files $725,000 suit against Balt Colts

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1973 US ends secret bombing of Cambodia
  • 1974 Congress authorizes US citizens to own gold
  • 1974 Turkish army attacks Nicosia Cyprus
  • 1974 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1975 -15] Pakistani military coup against president Mujib ur-Rahman
  • 1975 Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
  • 1975 Norwegian King Olav V opens Longyearbyen Airport on Spitsbergen
  • 1976 10,000 Northern Ireland women demonstrate for peace in Belfast
  • 1977 59th PGA Championship: Lanny Wadkins shoots a 282 at Pebble Beach Cal
  • 1977 77,691 see NY Cosmos beat Fort Lauderdale Strikers 8-3 at Giant Stad
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Long Island Charity Golf Classic
  • 1978 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • 1979 Rainbow seen in Northern Wales for a 3 hours duration

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

1980 Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1980 In Gdansk Poland, 17,000 workers go on strike at the Lenin Shipyard, marking the beginning of the Solidarity movement
  • 1981 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront

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1981 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1982 Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Padres
  • 1982 Iran "Ramadan-offensive" in Iraq

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1982 Pete Rose (Phillies) 12,365 at bat sets record (passes Aaron)

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1983 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • 1983 Robert de Castella wins Helsinki marathon (2:10:03
  • 1983 1st World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland
  • 1984 IBM releases PC DOS version 3.0
  • 1984 West Indies complete 5-0 series annihilation of England
  • 1985 Political violence by the youth begins after the funeral of assassinated Victoria Mxenge, a civil rights lawyer, who was respected and liked by the Congress of South African Students

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1986 Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto arrested

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1986 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days
  • 1987 "Les Miserables" opens at Rock Theatre, Szeged, Hungary

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1988 70th PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman shoots a 272 at Oak Tree GC Edmond
  • 1988 Detroit beats Sox, 18-6, at Fenway, ends Boston winning streak at 24
  • 1989 President PW Botha of South Africa resigns
  • 1990 Angel's Louis Palonia is 74th to hit an inside park grandslam
  • 1990 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise
  • 1991 Twins Dave Winfield is 23rd to hit 400 HR
  • 1993 Nigerian presidential election

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1993 Reggie Jackson Day - NY Yanks retire 13th # (#44)

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1993 St Louis reliever Lee Smith is fastest to get 40 saves

Sport awardGolf Major

1994 76th PGA Championship: Nick Price shoots a 269 at Southern Hills Tulsa

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Price
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Price
  • 1994 Doc Gooden leaves Betty Ford Center
  • 1994 Liselotte Neumann wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Golf Open
  • 1994 Maggie Will wins Children's Medical Center LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1994 Space telescope Hubble photographs Uranus with rings
  • 1994 Terrorist "Carlos" arrested in Khartoum, Sudan
  • 1995 Shannon Faulkner becomes 1st woman to attend the Citadel
  • 1995 Iran's official news agency, IRNA, reports that Iran has been unable to sell 200 million barrels per day of crude oil since the imposition of a unilateral oil embargo by the US
  • 1997 "1776" opens at Criterion Theater NYC
  • 1997 Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh formally sentenced to death
  • 1997 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Weetabix Women's British Open
  • 1997 Oklahoma Court of Appeals upholds death sentence of Timothy McVeigh
  • 1997 Soyuz TM-25 lands
  • 1998 Winnie Mandela sued by the South African government
  • 2003 Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
  • 2005 10th World Championships in Athletics close at Helsinki, Finland
  • 2007 The 2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills at least 400 people.
  • 2010 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, first ever Youth Olympics, officially starts in Singapore.
  • 2011 93rd PGA Championship: Keegan Bradley shoots a 272 at Atlanta Athletic Club
  • 2012 46 people are killed and 80 injured after a series of suicide bombings in Afghanistan
  • 2012 Hungary falls back into recession as GDP falls by 0.2% in the second quarter of 2012 following a fall of 1.0% in the first quarter
  • 2013 14 people are killed and 26 are injured by two roadside bombings in Baqubah, Iraq
  • 2013 638 people are killed in violent clashes between police and protesters across Egypt