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August 14: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 14

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August 14th is Tattoo Removal Day and Creamsicle Day.

We’re now on the 227th day of the year, and have 139 days left in 2024.

This day in history was a real mixed bag of major historical events. Keep reading to find out what interesting historical events happened on August 14.

Did you know that on this day in 1880, the Cologne Cathedral was finally completed? By this time, it had been under construction for 632 years.

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

Events

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

2019

A rainfall survey named “It is raining plastic” announced that tiny plastic particles were found in 90% of rain samples in Colorado, US.

2017

Mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown claimed the lives of 1,141 people and left 3,00 without homes.

OTD in 2017: Mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown claimed the lives of 1

2017

SpaceX successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft carrying the first supercomputer to space.

The Spaceborne Computer, built by Hewlett Packard Enterprises, arrived at the International Space Station within a month and was installed by technicians on September 14. After ensuring all systems were secured and functioning correctly, the supercomputer was switched on, and benchmarking tests confirmed its functionality in space.

2015

The world’s most amazing face transplant took place.

On this day, Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed a 26-hour transplant on his patient Patrick Hardison. Hardison was a firefighter who received third-degree burns on his head, upper torso, and neck when the roof of a burning building collapsed on him.

2010

Singapore opened the world’s first Summer Youth Olympics Games.

There were 3,600 athletes from 204 nations aged between 14 and 18.

2003

A major blackout occurred in the Northeastern and Midwestern US along with Ontario, Canada.

OTD in 2003: A major blackout occurred in the Northeastern and Midwestern US along with Ontario

The cause, which affected around 10 million people, was due to a software bug in the alarm systems at FirstEnergy.

1994

Venezuelan political terrorist Carlos the Jackal was captured in Sudan.

Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, a dedicated Marxist-Leninist, was one of the most wanted men in the world for years after a series of bombings across Europe over the 70s and 80s. He was eventually captured in Khartoum, Sudan, by CIA operatives.

1979

A rainbow lasting three hours was recorded over the Gwynedd coast in Wales.

It was the longest-lasting rainbow in meteorological history at the time.

1947

Pakistan gained independence from the British Empire – a day before India’s independence.

1935

Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, creating a government pension system for the retired.

1885

The first-ever Japanese patent was issued.

Zuisho Hotta was granted the patent for his formulation of a rust-proof paint. This was the first anticorrosive paint of its kind that could be used on the hulls of ships.

1880

After being in construction for 632 years, the Cologne Cathedral was completed.

OTD in 1880: After being in construction for 632 years

Construction of the largest cathedral in Europe began in 1248. It became the biggest cathedral in Europe. The cathedral became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996 and is still the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe.

1848

Congress created the Oregon Territory, which included Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Western Montana.

1820

The New York Eye Infirmary opened, and it was the first specialty hospital of its kind in the western hemisphere.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Halle Berry! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

1983

Mila Kunis

American

Actress

Mila Kunis

Age:

40 years old

Born In:

Chernivtsi, Ukraine

1966

Halle Berry

American

Actress

Halle Berry

Age:

57 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA

1959

Magic Johnson

American

Basketball Player

Magic Johnson

Age:

64 years old

Born In:

Michigan, USA

1945

Steve Martin

American

Actor

Steve Martin

Age:

78 years old

Born In:

Texas, USA

Special Holidays

Are you looking for something to do today? Then why not find time today to celebrate the following special holidays.

August 14: National Tattoo Removal Day
United States

National Tattoo Removal Day

Many of us have made some bad choices in our lives, and many of those bad choices were tattoos. There’s something simply dreadful about having something you no longer want on your skin. Today is Tattoo Removal Day, so it’s about time you get rid of your bad tattoos!

August 14: National Creamsicle Day
United States

National Creamsicle Day

It sure is getting hot out there! We couldn’t be happier that it’s National Creamsicle Day, as it gives us the perfect excuse to cool off with one of the most delicious popsicles ever! So what are you waiting for? Go and buy yourself one of these sherbety orange and cream delights!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

In Indonesian, there is a word, “Jayus,” that means “A joke told so poorly, and so unfunny that one cannot help but laugh.”

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on August 14th shares the same zodiac sign, Leo.

Leo is a fire sign represented by the lion and is associated with light, love, confidence. Leos tend to be dramatic at times, but they’re also very creative, self-confident, and dominant.

Peridot is the birthstone given to people born in August. The light green peridot gemstone is believed to bring strength, fame, and prosperity. Egyptians called it the “gem of the Sun” and thought that the periodt held unique healing powers.

If you were born on this day, you were likely conceived on the week of November 21 in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on this day will be born around May 7th, 2025.

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