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What happened on December 14? There are more than 287 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About December 14

December 14 is the 348th day of the year 2017. There are 17 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 50th week of the year 2017.

On this day in Santa Clarita, California 91383 sunrise will occur at 12:50 PM and sunset will occur at 10:46 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Turquoise while the mystical birthstone is Onyx.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 67 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 19, 2018).

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Historical Events For December 14

  • 557
    Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake.
  • 1287
    St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people.
  • 1542
    Princess Mary Stuart becomes Mary, Queen of Scots.
  • 1751
    The Theresian Military Academy is founded as the first Military Academy in the world.
  • 1782
    The Montgolfier brothers’ first balloon lifts off on its first test flight.
  • 1812
    The French invasion of Russia comes to an end as the remnants of the Grande Armée are expelled from Russia.
  • 1814
    War of 1812: The Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana.
  • 1819
    Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state.
  • 1836
    The Toledo War unofficially ends.
  • 1896
    The Glasgow Underground Railway is opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.
  • 1900
    Quantum Mechanics: Max Planck presents a theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law.
  • 1902
    The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • 1903
    The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1907
    The schooner Thomas W. Lawson runs aground and founders near the Hellweather’s Reef within the Scilly Isles in a gale. The pilot and 15 seamen die.
  • 1909
    New South Wales Premier Charles Wade signed the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909, formally completing the transfer of State land to the Commonwealth to create the Australian Capital Territory.
  • 1911
    Roald Amundsen’s team, comprising himself, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting, becomes the first to reach the South Pole.
  • 1913
    Haruna, the fourth and last ship of the Sclass Kongō, launches, eventually becoming one of the Japanese workhorses during World War I and World War II.
  • 1914
    Lisandro de la Torre and others found the Democratic Progressive Party (Partido Demócrata Progresista, PDP) at the Hotel Savoy, Buenos Aires.
  • 1918
    Friedrich Karl von Hessen, a German prince elected by the Parliament of Finland to become King Väinö I, renounces the Finnish throne.
  • 1918
    President of Portugal Sidónio Pais is assassinated.
  • 1939
    Winter War: The Soviet Union is expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
  • 1941
    World War II: Japan signs treaty of alliance with Thailand.
  • 1946
    The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish its headquarters in New York City.
  • 1955
    Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sri Lanka join the United Nations.
  • 1958
    The 3rd Soviet Antarctic Expedition becomes the first expedition to reach The Pole of Relative Inaccessibility in the Antarctic.
  • 1961
    The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations.
  • 1962
    NASA’s Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
  • 1963
    Baldwin Hills Reservoir wall bursts, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in Los Angeles.
  • 1964
    American Civil Rights Movement: Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States – The United States Supreme Court rules that the U.S. Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause power to fight discrimination.
  • 1971
    Over 200 of East Pakistan’s (now Bangladesh) intellectuals are massacred by the Pakistani Army and their local allies.
  • 1972
    Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission. To date this is the last manned mission to the moon.
  • 1981
    Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel’s Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
  • 1983
    The 3rd Congress of the Communist Youth of Greece starts.
  • 1988
    The ET3 television network is launched in Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • 1992
    War in Abkhazia: During the Siege of Tkvarcheli, a helicopter carrying evacuees from Tkvarcheli, Abkhazia, is shot down, resulting in at least 52 deaths, 25 of which are children. The incident catalyses more concerted Russian military intervention on behalf of Abkhazia.
  • 1994
    Construction begins on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
  • 1995
    Yugoslav Wars: The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris by leaders of various governments.
  • 1999
    Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
  • 1999
    Torrential rains cause flash floods in Vargas, Venezuela, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the destruction of thousands of homes, and the complete collapse of the state’s infrastructure.
  • 2003
    President of Pakistan Pervez Musharaf narrowly escapes an assassination attempt.
  • 2004
    Cuba and Venezuela found the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas.
  • 2004
    The Millau viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened.
  • 2006
    American spy satellite USA-193 is launched.
  • 2008
    President George W. Bush makes his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and is almost struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a news conference in Baghdad.

Who Were Born On December 14?

  • 1009
    Emperor Go-Suzaku of Japan (d. 1045)
  • 1503
    Nostradamus, French astrologer (d. 1566)
  • 1546
    Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer and alchemist (d. 1601)
  • 1607
    János Kemény, Hungarian aristocrat, writer and prince of Transylvania (d. 1662)
  • 1625
    Barthélemy d'Herbelot de Molainville, French orientalist (d. 1695)
  • 1631
    Anne Conway, Viscountess Conway, English philosopher (d. 1679)
  • 1640
    (baptism date) – Aphra Behn, English playwright and novelist (d. 1689)
  • 1678
    Daniel Neal, English historian (d. 1743)
  • 1720
    Justus Möser, German statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1775
    Philander Chase, American founder of Kenyon College (d. 1852)
  • 1775
    Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (d. 1860)
  • 1784
    Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias (d. 1806)
  • 1787
    Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1816)
  • 1791
    Charles Wolfe, Irish poet (d. 1823)
  • 1794
    Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (d. 1872)
  • 1824
    Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, French painter (d. 1898)
  • 1852
    Daniel De Leon, South American socialist (d. 1914)
  • 1853
    Errico Malatesta, Italian anarcho-communist (d. 1932)
  • 1866
    Roger Fry, English artist and art critic (d. 1934)
  • 1870
    Karl Renner, President of Austria (d. 1950)
  • 1881
    Katherine MacDonald, American actress and film producer (d. 1956)
  • 1883
    Manolis Kalomiris, Greek classical composer (d. 1962)
  • 1884
    Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (d. 1950)
  • 1895
    King George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952)
  • 1895
    Paul Eluard, French poet (d. 1952)
  • 1896
    Jimmy Doolittle, American General (d. 1993)
  • 1897
    Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (d. 1977)
  • 1897
    Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (d. 1995)
  • 1901
    Paul, king of Greece (d. 1964)
  • 1902
    Frances Bavier, American actress (d. 1989)
  • 1908
    Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1908
    Mária Szepes, Hungarian authoress (d. 2007)
  • 1908
    Morey Amsterdam, American comedian and actor (d. 1996)
  • 1909
    Edward Tatum, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (d. 1975)
  • 1911
    Hans von Ohain, German/American aerospace engineer (d. 1998)
  • 1911
    Spike Jones, American comedian and musician (d. 1965)
  • 1913
    Dan Dailey, American actor (d. 1978)
  • 1914
    Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (d. 1943)
  • 1914
    Karl Carstens, President of Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1914
    Rosalyn Tureck, American pianist and harpsichordist (d. 2003)
  • 1916
    Shirley Jackson, American writer (d. 1965)
  • 1917
    C.-H. Hermansson, Swedish communist leader
  • 1917
    Elyse Knox, American actress
  • 1917
    June Taylor, American choreographer (d. 2004)
  • 1918
    B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian yoga advocate
  • 1918
    James T. Aubrey, American television executive (d. 1994)
  • 1918
    Radu Beligan, Romanian actor
  • 1920
    Clark Terry, American trumpeter
  • 1922
    Don Hewitt, American creator of 60 Minutes (d. 2009)
  • 1922
    Junior J. Spurrier, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1984)
  • 1922
    Nikolay Basov, Soviet physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 2001)
  • 1923
    Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (d. 2006)
  • 1924
    Raj Kapoor, Indian actor (d. 1988)
  • 1925
    Sam Jones, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1927
    Richard Cassilly, American tenor (d. 1998)
  • 1931
    Jon Elia, Pakistani scholar, poet and philosopher (d. 2002)
  • 1932
    Abbe Lane, American singer and actress
  • 1932
    Charlie Rich, American musician (d. 1995)
  • 1935
    Lee Remick, American actress (d. 1991)
  • 1935
    Lewis Arquette, American film actor, writer and producer (d. 2001)
  • 1938
    Hal Williams, American actor
  • 1938
    Leonardo Boff, Brazilian theologian
  • 1939
    Ernie Davis, American football player (d. 1963)
  • 1940
    Lex Gold, Scottish football administrator
  • 1941
    Ellen Willis, American journalist (d. 2006)
  • 1941
    Karan Armstrong, American soprano
  • 1942
    Zoe Laskari, Greek actress
  • 1943
    R. Emmett Tyrrell, American magazine publisher
  • 1946
    Jane Birkin, English-born French actress and singer
  • 1946
    Joyce Vincent Wilson, American singer (Tony Orlando and Dawn)
  • 1946
    Michael Ovitz, American film producer
  • 1946
    Patty Duke, American actress
  • 1946
    Ruth Fuchs, East German athlete
  • 1946
    Stan Smith, American tennis player
  • 1947
    Christopher Parkening, American guitarist
  • 1947
    Dilma Rousseff, current President of Brazil
  • 1947
    Linda Sutton, English artist
  • 1948
    Dee Wallace, American actress
  • 1948
    Kim Beazley, Australian politician
  • 1949
    Bill Buckner, American baseball player
  • 1949
    Cliff Williams, English bassist (AC/DC)
  • 1951
    Jan Timman, Dutch chess grandmaster
  • 1951
    Paul Zaloom, American actor and puppeteer
  • 1952
    Germain Houde, French Canadian actor
  • 1953
    Mikael Odenberg, Swedish politician
  • 1953
    René Eespere, Soviet-born Estonian composer
  • 1953
    Vangelis Meimarakis, Greek lawyer and politician
  • 1953
    Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player
  • 1954
    Alan Kulwicki, American NASCAR driver (d. 1993)
  • 1954
    James Horan, American actor
  • 1954
    Steven MacLean, Canadian astronaut
  • 1956
    Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein skier
  • 1958
    François Zocchetto, French politician
  • 1958
    Mike Scott, Scottish singer-songwriter (The Waterboys)
  • 1958
    Spider Stacy, English musician (The Pogues)
  • 1959
    Bob Paris, American bodybuilder and gay rights advocate
  • 1959
    Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer
  • 1960
    Chris Waddle, English footballer
  • 1960
    Don Franklin, American actor
  • 1961
    Patrik Sundstrom, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1962
    Ginger Lynn (Ginger Lynn Allen), American adult film actress
  • 1963
    Alice Ripley American actress
  • 1963
    Cynthia Gibb, American actress
  • 1963
    Greg Abbott, English former football player
  • 1963
    Mario Yamasaki, Mixed martial arts referee
  • 1963
    Michael Moloney, American television personality and interior designer
  • 1963
    Vytautas Juozapaitis, Lithuanian baritone, pedagogue (professor) and TV host
  • 1965
    Craig Biggio, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Ken Hill, American baseball player
  • 1965
    Ted Raimi, an American actor
  • 1966
    Anthony Mason, American basketball player
  • 1966
    Bill Ranford, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver
  • 1966
    Tim Sköld, Swedish/American musician
  • 1967
    Ewa Białołęcka, Polish writer
  • 1968
    Noelle Beck, American actress
  • 1969
    Natascha McElhone, English actress
  • 1969
    Scott Hatteberg, American baseball player
  • 1970
    Anna Maria Jopek, Polish singer
  • 1970
    Beth Orton, English singer-songwriter
  • 1970
    Nadine Garner, Australian actress
  • 1971
    Brian Gay, professional golfer; three-time winner on the PGA Tour
  • 1971
    Michaela Watkins, American comic actress (Saturday Night Live)
  • 1971
    Tia Texada, American actress and singer
  • 1972
    Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
  • 1972
    Marcus Jensen, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Miranda Hart, British comedienne
  • 1973
    Amanda Byram, Irish television presenter
  • 1973
    Pat Burke, Irish basketball player
  • 1973
    Thuy Trang, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1973
    Tomasz Radzinski, Polish-born Canadian soccer player
  • 1974
    Billy Koch, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Justin Furstenfeld, American rock singer
  • 1975
    KaDee Strickland, American actress
  • 1976
    André Couto, Portuguese racing driver
  • 1976
    Leland Chapman, American bounty hunter
  • 1976
    Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer
  • 1976
    Sebastien Chaule, French-born German rugby player
  • 1976
    Tammy Blanchard, American actress
  • 1977
    Jamie Peacock, English rugby league footballer
  • 1978
    Dean Brogan, Australian rules footballer
  • 1978
    Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978
    Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player
  • 1978
    Radu Sârbu, Moldovan-born Romanian singer (O-Zone)
  • 1979
    Jean-Alain Boumsong, French footballer
  • 1979
    Michael Owen, English footballer
  • 1979
    Sophie Monk, Australian actress, singer, and model
  • 1980
    Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer
  • 1980
    Tata Young, Thai-American singer
  • 1981
    Émilie Heymans, Canadian diver
  • 1981
    Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
  • 1981
    Johnny Jeter, American professional wrestler
  • 1981
    Liam Lawrence, Irish footballer
  • 1981
    Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Anthony Way, English singer and actor
  • 1982
    Josh Fields, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Steve Sidwell, English footballer
  • 1984
    Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1984
    Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1984
    Jackson Rathbone, American actor and musician
  • 1985
    Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer
  • 1985
    Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player
  • 1985
    Nonami Takizawa, Japanese actress
  • 1985
    Paul Rabil, Professional lacrosse player
  • 1985
    Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1987
    Alexander Gaskarth, American singer (All Time Low)
  • 1988
    Hayato Sakamoto, Japanese baseball player
  • 1988
    Nicolas Batum, French basketball player
  • 1988
    Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress
  • 1989
    Onew, South Korean singer (Shinee), musical actor and TV host
  • 1989
    Pedro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1992
    Ryo Miyaichi, Japanese footballer
  • 1994
    Joshua Dionisio, Filipino actor

Who Died On December 14?

  • 1460
    Guarino da Verona (b. 1370)
  • 1476
    Vlad III the Impaler (b. 1431)
  • 1510
    Friedrich of Saxony (b. 1473)
  • 1542
    King James V of Scotland (b. 1512)
  • 1553
    Hanibal Lucić, Croatian writer (b. 1485)
  • 1591
    Saint John of the Cross, Spanish friar and poet (b. 1542)
  • 1624
    Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman (b. 1536)
  • 1651
    Pierre Dupuy, French scholar (b. 1582)
  • 1713
    Thomas Rymer, English historian (b. 1641)
  • 1715
    Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1636)
  • 1735
    Thomas Tanner, English bishop and antiquarian (b. 1674)
  • 1741
    Charles Rollin, French historian (b. 1661)
  • 1788
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, German composer (b. 1714)
  • 1788
    King Charles III of Spain (b. 1716)
  • 1799
    George Washington, First President of the United States (b. 1732)
  • 1831
    Martin Baum, American businessman and politician (b. 1765)
  • 1838
    Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician (b. 1806)
  • 1860
    George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, British statesman (b. 1784)
  • 1861
    Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, consort of Queen Victoria (b. 1819)
  • 1865
    Johan Georg Forchhammer, Danish geologist (b. 1794)
  • 1873
    Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born American zoologist and geologist (b. 1807)
  • 1878
    Alice of the United Kingdom, Grand Duchess of Hesse (b. 1843)
  • 1902
    Julia Dent-Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant (b. 1826)
  • 1912
    Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis, British Army lieutenant (b. 1887)
  • 1920
    George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1927
    Yulian Vasilievich Sokhotski, Russian mathematician (b. 1842)
  • 1935
    Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (b. 1902)
  • 1943
    John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon and breakfast food manufacturer (b. 1852)
  • 1947
    Edward Higgins, American evangelical (b. 1864)
  • 1947
    Stanley Baldwin, British statesman (b. 1867)
  • 1956
    Juho Kusti Paasikivi, Finnish politician (b. 1870)
  • 1957
    Fred Chapman, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • 1963
    Dinah Washington, American singer (b. 1924)
  • 1964
    William Bendix, American actor (b. 1906)
  • 1966
    Shailendra, Indian lyricist (b. 1923)
  • 1970
    Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician (b. 1876)
  • 1971
    Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)
  • 1974
    Walter Lippmann, American journalist and political commentator (b. 1889)
  • 1975
    Arthur Treacher, English actor (b. 1894)
  • 1978
    Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat (b. 1886)
  • 1984
    Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • 1985
    Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian social activist (b. 1896)
  • 1985
    Roger Maris, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 1989
    Andrei D. Sakharov, Russian physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1921)
  • 1989
    Jock Mahoney, American actor and stuntman (b. 1919)
  • 1990
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss writer (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Jeff Alm, American football player (b. 1968)
  • 1993
    Myrna Loy, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 1994
    Orval Faubus, American politician (b. 1910)
  • 1996
    Gaston Miron, French-Canadian poet and editor (b. 1928)
  • 1997
    Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who) (b. 1946)
  • 1997
    Stubby Kaye, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1998
    Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)
  • 1998
    Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Norman Fell, American actor (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)
  • 2003
    Blas Ople, Filipino diplomat (b. 1927)
  • 2003
    Frank Sheeran, American labor union official (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Jeanne Crain, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2004
    Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and politician (b. 1939)
  • 2004
    Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2005
    Trevanian, American author (b. 1931)
  • 2006
    Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-born American music executive (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan political strategist (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Mike Evans, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2009
    Alan A'Court, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2010
    Dale Roberts, English footballer (b. 1986)
  • 2010
    Neva Patterson, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Timothy Davlin, American politician (b. 1957)
  • 2011
    Joe Simon, Comic book artist (b. 1913)


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