What Happened on September 14

Significant Events

  • 1752 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar (no Sept 3 - Sept 13)
  • 1812 Napoleon occupies Moscow and the fires start, extinguished by the 19th
  • 1939 World’s 1st practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky takes (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut
  • 1949 India's Constituent Assembly adopts Hindi as an official language. Celebrated today as Hindi Day.
  • 1956 1st prefrontal lobotomy performed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1960 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
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September 14 in Film & TV

  • 1968 1st broadcast of "60 Minutes" on CBS-TV

September 14 in Music

September 14 in Sport

  • 1868 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole)

Did You Know?

Francis Scott Key pens the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry", later known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a ship in Baltimore harbor

On September 14, 1814


Would You Believe?

14 yr old Texan Ahmed Mohamed arrested at school when home-made clock assumed to be a bomb - Mark Zuckerberg and US President Barack Obama send supportive tweets

On September 14, 2015

Famous Weddings

  • 1830 Princess WFLC Marianne marries Albrecht of Prussia
  • 1835 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • 1838 Newly escaped slave Frederick Douglass marries free woman Anne Murray in New York
  • 1886 Neurologist Sigmund Freud (30) weds Martha Bernays (25) in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1892 AP Giannini marries Clorinda Cuneo

Famous Divorces

  • 1962 Actress Janet Leigh (35) divorces actor Tony Curtis (37) after 10 years of marriage
  • 1984 Film director John Carpenter (36) and actress Adrienne Barbeau (39) divorce after 5 years of marriage
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