April 14: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on April 14



April 14th is officially Dolphin Day and Reach As High As You Can Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 105th day of the year! We still have 261 days left in 2024.

This day was certainly a productive one in years gone by. We are going to be looking at the history events that happened on this day including categories like war, business and space.

Did you know that on this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated? This was the first time that a US president had been assassinated.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 14th in history!


What memorable events happened on April 14 in history? Keep reading to find out!


The FDA authorized the first breathalyzer test that detects COVID-19.


US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021.

The withdrawal, which began on May 1, 2021, marked the end of the US’ longest-running war.


The children’s cooking show, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, premiered on CBBC in the UK.

Gordon Ramsay’s daughter, Matilda, was just 14 years old when the first season aired. The young culinary enthusiast wrote and starred in her own series, which covered five series, with 75 episodes in total.


The Human Genome Project was completed in London, England.

OTD in 2003: The Human Genome Project was completed in London


NATO accidentally bombed a refugee convoy in Kosovo, killing seventy-three.

NATO claimed that the bombing was a mistake, and they believed the convoy to be a military convoy.


The Soviet Union agreed to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.

Representatives from the USSR, the US, Afghanistan, and Pakistan met in Geneva, Switzerland, to sign the Geneva Accords. For the most part, this agreement dictated on what terms the Soviet Union would withdraw from Afghanistan. As a result, most of the USSR’s troops were removed by the end of the year, with the last troops leaving by February 15 the following year.


Demonstrations broke out in Tbilisi, Georgia, after attempts by the USSR to repress the Georgian language.


Sputnik 2 soviet spacecraft burned up, returning through Earth’s atmosphere.

OTD in 1958: Sputnik 2 soviet spacecraft burned up

The craft carried a dog, Laika, who was found dead inside.


5,200 Jews from Athens arrived at Auschwitz.


The Titanic collided with an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland at 23:40 and started to sink.

The iceberg created a gash that was between 220 and 245 feet long.


J.C. Penney’s opened their first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.


President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

OTD in 1865: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

On this day, Lincoln was enjoying a play called “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C. The well-known actor John Wilkes Booth shot the president in the head, and he died the following day.


America published the country’s first American Dictionary of English Language.


The French Revolutionary War began after France declared war on Austria.

OTD in 1792: The French Revolutionary War began after France declared war on Austria.

43 BC

The Battle of Forum Gallorum took place to besiege Julius Caesar’s assassin, Decimus Junius Brutus.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Sarah Michelle Gellar? See what other famous people were born on this day.


Chris Wood

New Zealand

Soccer Player

Chris Wood


36 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA


Leonardo da Vinci



Leonardo da Vinci

Died On:

May 1, 1519 (Age 67)

Born In:

Tuscana, Italy


Sarah Michelle Gellar



Sarah Michelle Gellar


47 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Robert Carlyle



Robert Carlyle


63 years old

Born In:

Scotland, UK


Adrien Brody



Adrien Brody


51 years old

Born In:

New York, USA

Special Holidays

If you’re looking to try something new today, here are some special holidays that might just give you an idea.

April 14: National Reach As High As You Can Day
United States

National Reach As High As You Can Day

While we suppose any day is as good as another to actually try to reach as high as you can, that’s not what today is about. Instead, celebrate Reach As High As You Can Day by pushing yourself to achieve your dreams and goals.

April 14: National Dolphin Day
United States

National Dolphin Day

Today is all about celebrating everything to do with dolphins, some of the friendliest and most intelligent mammals out there. There are many ways to celebrate, but learning more about dolphins is the best way to start. If you live by the coast, go for a walk and try to spot some!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

50% of apartments in Los Angeles don’t come with a fridge. This is legal, as fridges are considered an “amenity,” Therefore, landlords are not required to provide one.

Birthday & Zodiac

People who were born on April 14 all share the Aries star sign.

As much as feeding off of the energy of Aries can be addictive, it can also become exhausting at times, especially if you’re a sign who likes peace and quiet like Cancers and Geminis.

Diamond is the birthstone given to people born in April. Diamonds have been used as decorative items since ancient times. They’re one of the most well-known gemstones in the world.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of July 22 in the previous year.

The due date for babies conceived on April 14, 2024, is around January 5, 2025.

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