2014 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 354

  • Jan 1 Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright to win the 2014 PDC World Darts Championship
  • Jan 2 30 people are killed after a bus plunges off a cliff and falls 400 ft in Malshej Ghat, India

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Jan 2 Raul Castro gives a speech commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Cuban revolution and warns of "neo-liberal and neo-colonial thinking" entering the country

President of Cuba Raúl Castro
President of Cuba
Raúl Castro
  • Jan 3 Cambodian garment workers go on strike demanding a wage increase
  • Jan 4 14 people are killed after a three-story building construction site collapses in Goa, India
  • Jan 6 Truce begins between Free Syrian Army and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in northern Damascus
  • Jan 7 Sheikh Hasina wins the general election in Bangladesh
  • Jan 9 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • Jan 9 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan
  • Jan 12 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship
  • Jan 13 14 people are killed and 7 are injured after an explosion in an illegal gambling hall in Kaili City, China
  • Jan 14 American journalist David Satter is expelled from Russia
  • Jan 17 21 people are killed in a suicide bombing in a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jan 20 Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked
  • Jan 22 Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres
  • Jan 26 21 people are killed after a tourist boat capsizes off the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Jan 28 Peter Cosgrove is named the next Governor-General of Australia
  • Jan 28 DNA analysis confirms that the 6th C Plague of Justinian was caused by a variant of Yersinia pestis (the same bacteria for the Black Death)
  • Jan 29 Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono
  • Jan 29 Scientists discover how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice
  • Jan 29 Bohuslav Sobotka becomes Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
  • Jan 30 24 hostages are killed after 6 suicide bombers temporarily take over the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation in Baghdad
  • Feb 1 14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts in Indonesia
  • Feb 1 Syrian civil war death toll reaches 130,000, while 4 million are displaced
  • Feb 2 Protests in Ukraine turn violent after parliament passes legislation that outlaws protest
  • Feb 3 2 students are shot & killed in a school shooting in Moscow
  • Feb 4 10 people are killed & 35 injured after a bus falls into a ravine in Pune, India
  • Feb 4 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Scotland

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Feb 4 Satya Nadella succeeds Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft

CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella
CEO of Microsoft
Satya Nadella
  • Feb 5 Archaeologists decrypt the 13th C Viking jötunvillur runic code

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Feb 5 US President Obama and journalists globally call for the release of 3 Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 6 Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show
  • Feb 6 The Taliban and Pakistani government begin peace negotiations
  • Feb 6 64th Berlin International Film Festival: "Black Coal, Thin Ice" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 7 German treasurer Helmut Linssen resigns amid a scandal involving offshore banking accounts in the Bahamas and Panama
  • Feb 8 15 people are killed & 130 injured in a hotel fire in Medina, Saudi Arabia
  • Feb 8 17 people are killed after a truck & bus collide in Mendoza, Argentina
  • Feb 9 Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old
  • Feb 9 Protest erupt in Sarajevo and other cities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; the unemployment rate remains at 40% (57% for youth)
  • Feb 9 Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
  • Feb 11 77 people are killed after a military transport plane crashes in Algeria
  • Feb 11 Peace talks resume in Geneva as leaders attempt to bring an end to the civil war in Syria
  • Feb 12 Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years
  • Feb 14 Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigns after less than a year in office
  • Feb 15 Tammam Salam is elected Prime Minister of Lebanon after a 10 month gridlock

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Feb 17 US Secretary of State John Kerry claims climate change requires urgent action and that only a small "window of time" remained open

United States Secretary of State John Kerry
United States Secretary of State
John Kerry
  • Feb 18 2014 Ukrainian Revolution begins
  • Feb 18 Police clash with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Feb 19 Death toll in Ukraine reaches 26 after Government crackdown on protesters
  • Feb 21 11 people are killed after a Libyan Air Force plan crashes in Tunisia

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Feb 21 US President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Feb 21 10 words from the 15th C Voynich manuscript have been decoded
  • Feb 21 Police in Kiev open fire on protesters: 27 killed and around 570 injured
  • Feb 22 Matteo Renzi becomes Prime Minister of Italy
  • Feb 22 Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals
  • Feb 22 Protests in Kiev, Ukraine, occupy the office of President Yanukovich
  • Feb 23 A pro-Euromaidan rally is held in Simferopol, Ukraine, while in Kerch, protesters attempt to replace the Ukrainian flag from city hall with a Russian flag
  • Feb 23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)

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Feb 24 Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat with the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time

Pope Francis
  • Feb 24 7 people are killed & 37 are injured after a bridge collapses in Vietnam
  • Feb 24 A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth's crust
  • Feb 25 50 students are killed in a Boko Harem attack on a college in Buni, Nigeria
  • Feb 25 Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence
  • Feb 27 Republic of Crimea announces a referendum & ousts its regional government
  • Feb 27 Arseniy Yatsenyuk appointed Prime Minister of the Ukraine
  • Feb 27 Chaos erupts after the Swedish Public Employment Service mistakenly invites 61,000 people to a job interview in Stockholm
  • Feb 27 US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
  • Feb 28 Russia moves troops into the Crimea to protect its interests against Ukraine
  • Mar 1 29 people are killed & 130 are injured by a group of knife-wielding terrorists at Kunming Railway Station, China

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Mar 1 US President Barack Obama warns Russian President Vladimir Putin over involvement in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Mar 2 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to the Ukraine
  • Mar 5 A survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that about 1/3 of women in the European Union have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 15
  • Mar 6 Crimea's parliament votes unanimously to make the Crimea a part of Russia
  • Mar 8 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history
  • Mar 10 German Chancellor Merkel warns Russia's Putin that making Crimea part of Russia is illegal and in violation of Ukraine's constitution
  • Mar 11 Refugees from Syria pour into the Kingdom of Jordan
  • Mar 12 8 people are killed, 70 are injured, & 2 buildings are leveled by a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York
  • Mar 13 After protests earlier this month, the Israeli parliament votes 65 to 1 for legislation that ends exemptions from military service for ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students
  • Mar 16 Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design
  • Mar 17 The Republic of Crimea is declared
  • Mar 18 Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation
  • Mar 18 Russia and Crimea sign an accession treaty
  • Mar 18 US closes the Syrian embassy in Washington & expels all Syrian diplomats
  • Mar 19 Russia captures the Ukrainian naval base in Sevastopol
  • Mar 19 Israel sends airforce against Syrian military units involved in an attack yesterday on an Israeli patrol in the Golan Heights
  • Mar 21 Russia formally annexes Crimea amid international condemenation
  • Mar 22 251 people are killed after a boat capsizes in Lake Albert, Uganda
  • Mar 22 30 people are killed by a mudslide in Oso, Washington
  • Mar 22 Guinea confirms Ebola outbreak has already killed 59 people
  • Mar 22 The US and EU impose sanctions on Russia
  • Mar 24 Ukraine withdraws its forces from the Crimea
  • Mar 26 Taavi Rõivas becomes Prime Minister of Estonia
  • Mar 27 UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea
  • Mar 28 Russia increases the price of gas to the Ukraine by 80%
  • Mar 28 2 cases of Ebola are reported in Liberia among people who have travelled to Guinea
  • Mar 29 Andrej Kiska is elected President of Slovakia
  • Apr 1 NATO suspends all practical civilian and military cooperation with Russia
  • Apr 3 Marie Louise Coleiro Preca is elected President of Malta
  • Apr 4 President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, claims that climate change will lead to battles over water and food within the next five to ten years
  • Apr 6 Viktor Orbán's Fidesz is re-elected Prime Minister of Hungary

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 8 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)

Weddings in History

  • Jan 4 Actor Justin Bartha (35) weds personal trainer Lia Smith in Oahu, Hawaii
  • Mar 8 Supermarket Superstar hostess Stacy Keibler (34) weds Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre on an intimate beachside ceremony in Mexico
  • Mar 15 "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie (42) weds public relations Michael Feldman (45) at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort in Tucson, Arizona
  • Apr 1 Media personality Willard Scott (80) weds Paris Keena in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Apr 3 Who's the Boss actor Danny Pintauro (38) weds partner Wil Tabares in Dana Point, California
  • Apr 12 Actress Ginnifer Goodwin (35) weds actor Josh Dallas (32) in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 19 Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Joe Lo Truglio (43) weds Beth Dover in in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 26 Actor Brian Baumgartner (41) weds Celeste Ackelson in Los Angeles, California
  • May 25 Actress Lisa Edelstein (48) weds artist Robert Russell in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Playwright Tom Stoppard (76) weds brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness on an intimate register office ceremony in East Dorset, England

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • Jun 21 TV journalist Katie Couric (57) weds financier John Molner in East Hampton, New York
  • Jun 29 "Hart of Dixie" actress Brandi Burkhardt (35) weds Douglas Kazanjian in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Jul 6 Talent manager Scooter Braun (33) weds philanthropist Yael Cohen (28) in Whistler, British Columbia
  • Jul 26 Actress Piper Perabo (37) weds director Stephen Kay in NYC, New York
  • Sep 6 Actress Katie Leclerc (27) weds long-time boyfriend Brian Stuart Habecost in Palm Springs, California
  • Sep 14 Actress Elisabetta Canalis (36) weds orthopedic surgeon Brian Perri in Sardinia, Italy
  • Nov 1 Counting star Jessa Duggar weds Ben Seewald at the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Ark
  • Dec 12 E! news anchor Jason Kennedy (33) weds fashion journalist and blogger Lauren Scruggs (26) at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 15 "Theory of Everything" actor Eddie Redmayne (32) weds Hannah Bagshawe at Babington House in Somerset, England

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, dies from heart failure at 85
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Mahara, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, which claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • Mar 2 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Price 1967), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Mar 8 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • Mar 14 Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, British Labour left wing politician dies aged 88
  • Mar 21 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Mar 22 Patrice Wymore, American actress, dies from natural causes at 87
  • Mar 23 Adolfo Suarez, Spanish Prime Minister, dies from a respiratory infection at 81
  • Apr 2 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 10 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician, dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress, dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Ann B. Davis, American actress, dies from a subdural hematoma from a fall at 88
  • Jun 11 Ruby Dee, American actress, dies at 91
  • Jun 15 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • Jun 17 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • Jun 24 Eli Wallach, American actor, dies at 98
  • Jun 28 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • Jun 30 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Jul 1 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Rosemary Murphy, German-born American actress, dies from esophageal cancer at 89
  • Jul 7 Dick Jones, American actor, dies at 87
  • Jul 13 Thomas Berger, American novelist, dies at 89
  • Jul 13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • Jul 17 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80
  • Jul 19 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), dies of acute myocardial infarction at 86
  • Jul 19 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, dies at 21
  • Jul 23 Dora Bryan, British actress, dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Salah Abu Hassanein, leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing, dies in Israeli airstrike
  • Jul 25 Bel Kaufman, American actor, dies at 103
  • Jul 28 Margot Adler, American journalist, dies from endometrial cancer at 68
  • Aug 8 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Aug 9 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • Aug 9 Ed Nelson, American actor, dies from heart failure at 85
  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Sep 9 Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 10 Richard Kiel, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Sep 12 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90
  • Sep 27 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87

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Oct 4 Jean-Claude Duvalier, 41st President of Haiti (1971-86), dies of a heart attack at 63

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Oct 6 Marian Seldes, American actress,dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • Oct 14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • Oct 19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress, dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • Nov 19 Mike Nichols[Peschowsky], German-born American director, dies from cardiac arrest at 83
  • Nov 27 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • Nov 30 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament (1989-1992), dies at 89
  • Dec 10 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • Dec 17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • Dec 21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • Dec 25 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • Dec 26 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92