What Happened on April 14

Significant Events

  • 1865 US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington
  • 1894 1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures)
  • 1903 Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC)
  • 1912 RMS Titanic hits an iceberg at 11.40pm off Newfoundland
  • 1935 Black Sunday: Severe sandstorm ravages the US Midwest, creating the "Dust Bowl"
  • 1981 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth
  • 2003 The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%
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Did You Know?

First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication

On April 14, 1828

Would You Believe?

1st detective story published, Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue" (April 1841)

On April 14, 1841

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1978 Novelist Danielle Steel (30) divorces Danny Zugelder after almost 3 years of marriage
  • 1994 Musician Billy Joel & supermodel Christie Brinkley announce plans to divorce
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