On This Day

What Happened on December 14

Important Events

  • 644 Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad, appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam
  • 1287 During St. Lucia's Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Zuiderzee seawall collapses with loss of over 50,000 lives. Fifth largest recorded flood in history
  • 1542 Princess Mary Stuart succeeds her father James V and becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old
  • 1774 First incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Fort William and Mary, New Hampshire
  • 1911 Norwegian Roald Amundsen's expedition is the 1st to each the South Pole
  • 1995 Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments ending the conflict in former Yugoslavia
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December 14 in Film & TV

  • 1993 "Philadelphia" one of the first mainstream films about AIDS, directed by Jonathan Demme, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington premieres in Century City, California

December 14 in Music

  • 1849 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston)

December 14 in Sport

  • 1947 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida

Did You Know?

Birth of Quantum Physics: German Physicist Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law

On December 14, 1900

Would You Believe?

University of Toronto scientists present findings of the world's oldest water - 2 billion years old from a mine in Canada

On December 14, 2016

Famous Weddings

  • 1490 Anna van Bretagne marries a proxy Maximilian of Austria
  • 1780 US founding father Alexander Hamilton (25) weds Elizabeth Schuyler (23) at Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York
  • 1984 Singer and actress Bette Midler (39) weds Martin Von Hasselberg at Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas
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