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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 14…

April 15, 2012

I’m a day late on this one.  A busy weekend.  Here we go, to make it up – for those that read this column daily…April 14:

1715 – The Yamasee War begins in South Carolina.

1775 – The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania byBenjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

1828 – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.

1860 – The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.

1865 – U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.

1881 – The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.

the gun wire

Pony Express

1890 – The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.

1894 – The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives.

1927 – The first Volvo car premieres in GothenburgSweden.

1935 – “Black Sunday Storm“, the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.

1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.

1940 – World War IIRoyal Marines land in NamsosNorway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.

1941 – World War II: The Ustashe, a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis Powers after the Axis Operation 25 invasion.

1941 – World War II: Rommel attacks Tobruk.

1956 – In Chicago, Illinoisvideotape is first demonstrated.

1958 – The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days.

1969 – At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

1981 – STS-1 – The first operational space shuttleColumbia (OV-102) completes its first test flight.

1986 – In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.

1986 – 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.

1988 – The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.

1994 – In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.

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

2003 – U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.

2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.


1925 – Rod Steiger, American actor (d. 2002)

1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter, author, and philanthropist

1966 – Greg Maddux, American baseball player

1968 – Anthony Michael Hall, American actor

1973 – Adrien Brody, American actor

1977 – Sarah Michelle Gellar, American actress

1977 – Chandra Levy, American intern and murder victim (d. 2001)


1995 – Burl Ives, American actor, writer, and singer (b. 1909)

2007 – Don Ho, American singer and musician (b. 1930)




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