On This Day

On This Day in History for April 14 (Part 2)

Events in History


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1967 General Gnassingbé Eyadéma becomes President of Togo

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 1969 Student Afro-American Society seized at Columbia College
  • 1969 Tornado strikes Dacca East Pakistan killing 540
  • 1971 Fort Point, San Francisco dedicated as a national historic site
  • 1971 President Nixon ends blockade against People's Republic of China
  • 1971 Supreme Court upheld busing as means of achieving racial desegregation
  • 1972 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal
  • 1977 US Supreme Court says people may refuse to display state motto on license
  • 1978 David Hare's "Plenty" premieres in London
  • 1978 Korean Air Lines Boeing 707, fired on by Soviets, crashes in Russia
  • 1978 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1978 Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language
  • 1979 Susan Horvath, of Penn, crowned America's Young Woman of the Year
  • 1980 1st Cubans of the Mariel boatlift sail to Florida

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1980 Pulitzer prize awarded to Norman Mailer (Executioner's Song)

Novelist Norman Mailer
Novelist
Norman Mailer

  • 1981 1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth

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1983 US President Reagan signs $165 billion Social Security rescue

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1985 "Take Me Along!" opens/closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC
  • 1985 Alan Garcia wins elections in Peru
  • 1985 Bob Carpenter is unsuccessful on Wash Caps 1st playoff penalty shot
  • 1985 Jack C Burcham is 5th to receive "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1986 Desmond Tutu elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 1986 Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200
  • 1986 US aircraft attacks 5 terrorist locations in Libya
  • 1987 Turkey asks to join European market
  • 1988 USSR, US, Pakistan & Afghanistan sign Afghanistan treaty
  • 1989 1,100,000,000th Chinese born

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1989 In the Iran-Contra trial, Oliver North's case goes to the jury

Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure Oliver North
Political Commentator and Iran-Contra Figure
Oliver North
  • 1992 Court throws out Apple's lawsuit against Microsoft
  • 1992 UAW ends 5 month strike against Caterpillar Inc
  • 1992 UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect

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1994 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis operated on for a bleeding ulcer

  • 1994 US F-15 accidentally shoots 2 US helicopters down over Iraq, 26 die
  • 1994 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender after completion of his Seven Seals manuscript
  • 1999 NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees - Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.

  • 1999 A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$1.7 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.

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2002 Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.

President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez
President of Venezuela
Hugo Chávez
  • 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.

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

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

Novelist J. K. Rowling
Novelist
J. K. Rowling
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 2018 National Gardening Day, since 2018 and according to the National Day Calendar
  • 2018 US, UK and French forces carry out airstrikes on sites associated with Syria's chemical weapons program, in response to Douma gas attack
  • 2019 South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg officially announces his presidential campaign in Indiana, first openly gay candidate to run for US president

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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

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

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2020 PM Narendra Modi extends India's 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 COVID-19 "Great Lockdown", steepest downturn since the Great Depression

PandemicCOVID-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

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

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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

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
  • 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,

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