On This Day

Historical Events on April 14 (Part 2)

CMT Music Awards

2008 42nd CMT Music Awards: Taylor Swift and Trace Adkins win

  • 2010 Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier

Historic Event

2012 J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter novels, launches her website "Pottermore"

  • 2012 165th Grand National: Daryl Jacob wins aboard Neptune Collonges; beats Sunnyhillboy in a photo finish and the closest ever GN finish

Hall of Fame

2012 Beastie Boys inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Adam Yauch too ill to attend

  • 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beastie Boys; Donovan; Guns N' Roses; Laura Nyro; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The (Small) Faces; The Blue Caps; The Comets; The Crickets; The Famous Flames; The Midnighters; The Miracles; Freddie King; Don Kirshner; Tom Dowd; Glyn Johns; and Cosimo Matassa
  • 2013 20 people are killed in attacks in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 2013 33 people are killed after a bus tumbled off a cliff in Trujillo, Peru
  • 2013 11 people are killed and 50 are injured after a hotel fire in Xiangyang, China
  • 2013 77th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Adam Scott wins his first major title and becomes first Australian Masters champion with a 2nd hole sudden death playoff win against Ángel Cabrera

Election of Interest

2013 Justin Trudeau, son of long-serving Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, is elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Film & TV History

2013 Comedian Kevin Hart is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in California

  • 2015 Archaeologists announce they have found at Lomekwi in Kenya 3.3 million-year old stone tools, the oldest ever discovered and which pre-date the earliest humans
  • 2017 Meethotamulla rubbish dump collapses onto houses in Colombo, Sri Lanka killing 26

Film Release

2017 "The Fate of the Furious" directed by F. Gary Gray, starring Vin Diesel and The Rock opens worldwide - highest-grossing weekend at $532 million

Album Release

2017 Kendrick Lamar releases his fourth studio album "Damn" (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

  • 2018 National Gardening Day, since 2018 and according to the National Day Calendar

Music Concert

2018 Beyoncé is the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival, her performance on this day the most-watched performance ever on YouTube

  • 2018 US, UK and French forces carry out airstrikes on sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons program, in response to Douma gas attack
  • 2018 171st Grand National: Davey Russell wins aboard 10/1 Tiger Roll in a photo finish from Pleasant Company

Hall of Fame

2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

US Masters Golf

2019 83rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 5th Masters title by 1 stroke from Xander Schauffele, Dustin Johnson & Brooks Koepka; Woods' 15th major and first in 11 years

  • 2019 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg officially announces his presidential campaign in Indiana, first openly gay candidate to run for US president

Historic Event

2019 Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at center of controversy over comments about 9/11 at speech to Council on American-Islamic Relations after tweet by Donald Trump, defended by Nancy Pelosi

  • 2019 Seychelles President Danny Faure makes first-ever live speech from a submersible pleading for better marine protection
  • 2019 11 tornadoes hit US southern states killing eight in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana

Historic Event

2020 Former President Barack Obama endorses his former Vice President Joe Biden for president

COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 PM Narendra Modi extends India's COVID-19 lockdown until May 3

  • 2020 Parts of Europe begin to ease lockdown restrictions after 5-6 weeks with some shops opening in Austria and parts of Italy
  • 2020 IMF warns the global economy expected to contract by 3% in 2020 due to COVID-19 "Great Lockdown", steepest downturn since the Great Depression

COVID-19

2020 US President Donald Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization pending a review, for mistakes in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and for being "China-centric", prompting international criticism

  • 2021 Human cells grown in monkey cells for 20 days reported by US-Chinese team at the Salk Institute in "Cell" [1]

Historic Event

2021 US President Biden says "It's time to end America's longest war" confirming his decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11

  • 2021 Coinbase becomes the first major cryptocurrency company to trade shares on the New York stock exchange
  • 2021 Former Minnesota police officer who shot Daunte Wright with a gun instead of a taser is arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter,
  • 2021 Chicago White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodón no-hits the Cleveland Indians, 8-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago