14 October

October 14 is the 287th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 78 days remain until the end of the year.

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

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

Table of Contents

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

Global Celebrations

  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • International Top Spinning Day
  • World Sight Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 14

1994: Two Israelis and a Palestinian Share the Nobel Peace Prize

The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, which is annually awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee based in Oslo, with the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Yasser Arafat. The Award was given out to the two parties for their efforts and work on the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. The Accords created the Palestinian Authority and made it the official governing body to interact with Israel on issues that effect the lives of Palestinians in Israel.

1984: Joseph Kittinger Starts on his Solo Gas Balloon Flight Across the Atlantic

4 days later, on September 18, Kittinger became the first person to traverse the Atlantic in a balloon called the Balloon of Peace. As a member of the US Armed Forces, Kittinger jumped from a height of 102,800 feet on August 16, 1960, becoming the first person in ever to jump from that height.

1947: First Human to Fly Faster than the Speed of Sound

American Air Force test pilot, Chuck Yeager, flew the Bell X-1, an experiment aircraft at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft. In doing so, he became the first person to break the sound barrier.

1926: Winnie-the-Pooh Makes his Literary Debut

The popular children’s book character was created by British author A.A. Milne and first appeared in a collection of short stories called Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie, a teddy bear, lives in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. The book followed his adventures in the forest with his friends Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, and Eeyore.

1913: Senghenydd Colliery Disaster

In what is considered to be one of the worst mine disasters in recorded history, 440 people were killed when an explosion ripped through the Senghenydd coal mine in Wales.

1977: Atari 2600 released

Atari 2600 released
Atari 2600 released

1884: George Eastman receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.

George Eastman receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.
George Eastman receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 14

1978: Usher, American singer-songwriter, dancer, actor

1930: Mobutu Sese Seko, Congolese politician, President of Zaire

1906: Hannah Arendt, German/American theorist, philosopher

1644: William Penn, English businessman, founder of Pennsylvania

1542: Akbar, Mughal Emperor

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 14

2012: Arlen Specter, American politician

1990: Leonard Bernstein, American conductor, pianist, composer

1977: Bing Crosby, American singer, actor

1959: Errol Flynn, Australian actor

1944: Erwin Rommel, German field marshal

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