On This Day

Historical Events on April 14 (Part 2)

  • 2003 The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%
  • 2003 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985
  • 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • 2007 160th Grand National: 33–1 shot Silver Birch, ridden by Robbie Power, edges out McKelvey to win by three-quarters of a length

Music awardsMusic Awards

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

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • 2010 Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian and Actor Kevin Hart
Comedian and Actor
Kevin Hart

  • 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 premierFilm 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

Actor, Producer and Screenwriter Vin Diesel
Actor, Producer and Screenwriter
Vin Diesel
Actor and Professional Wrestler Dwayne Johnson
Actor and Professional Wrestler
Dwayne Johnson
Actor Jason Statham
Actor
Jason Statham

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-songwriter, Music Producer Kendrick Lamar
Singer-songwriter, Music Producer
Kendrick Lamar
  • 2018 National Gardening Day, since 2018 and according to the National Day Calendar

Music concertMusic 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

Sport awardUS 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
US Speaker of the House
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
47th Vice President of the United States and President-elect Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States and President-elect
Joe Biden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

15th Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
15th Prime Minister of India
Narendra Modi
  • 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 coronavirus COVID-19 "Great Lockdown", steepest downturn since the Great Depression

Historic DiscoveryCOVID-19

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

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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