14 December

December 14 is the 348th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 17 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about December 14th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about December 14th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Monkey Day
  • National Bouillabaisse Day
  • National Free Shipping Day
  • Roast Chestnuts Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – December 14

2012: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

1961: Tanzania joins the United Nations

Tanzania was created as a merger of Tanganyika and the Zanzibar Archipelago, both of which were under British rule until independence.

1958: Soviets Reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility

A Pole of Inaccessibility is a location on Earth that is extremely difficult to access. In the North, it is the point in the Arctic Ocean that is farthest from land, while in the Southern Hemisphere it is the point farthest from the Southern Ocean on Antarctica. In 1958, a Soviet team led by Yevgeny Tolstikov became the first people in history to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, which is 546 miles (878 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. Temperatures at this location averages around – 73 degree F (–58 degrees C).

1939: USSR expelled from the League of Nations

The Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for making aggressive demands of Finland.

1911: Roald Amundsen reaches South Pole

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole, becoming the first men in recorded history to set foot on the most southern point on Earth.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, December 14

1988: Vanessa Hudgens, American actress, singer

1966: Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian race car driver

1947: Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian politician, economist, 36th President of Brazil

1546: Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer, chemist

1503: Nostradamus, French astrologer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, December 14

2013: Peter O’Toole, Irish actor

1989: Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist

1947: Stanley Baldwin, English politician

1943: John Harvey Kellogg, American surgeon, co-created Corn flakes

1799: George Washington, American general, politician, 1st President of the United States

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