On This Day

What Happened on September 14

Historical Events

  • 1752 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian calendar (no Sept 3 - Sept 13)
  • 1936 1st prefrontal lobotomy in America performed by Walter Freeman and James W. Watts at George Washington University Hospital in Washington D.C.
  • 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 IBM introduces the RAMAC 305, 1st commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton
  • 1960 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi-Arabia and Venezuela form the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  • 2020 Astronomers report possible sign of life on Venus, after detecting phosphine in planets's atmosphere by telescope [1]
  • 2021 1 in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19 as the nation's known death toll reaches 663,913 (Johns Hopkins) [1]
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Sep 14 in Music

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

Famous Divorces


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