ON THIS DAY: April 14, 2017

April 14th is

Dictionary Day *

Look Up at the Sky Day

National Dolphin Day

Pan American Day *

National Pecan Day

World Marbles Day

International Moment of Laughter Day *

MORE! Christiaan Huygens, Anne Sullivan and Tom Petty, click



Christianity – Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, a day of penance and fasting

Sikhism – Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan a processional singing of holy hymns

Angola – Youth Day

Cambodia – Choul Chnam Thmey
(Cambodian New Year)

Haiti and Honduras – Pan American Day *

Japan – Orange Day
(orange love token exchange day)

Laos – Pi Mai (New Year)

Thailand – Songkran Holidays
(New Years celebrations)

On This Day in HISTORY

AD 70 – Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital with four Roman legions

1294 – Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong

1434 – The foundation stone of Nantes Cathedral, in France, is laid


1629 – Christiaan Huygens born, Dutch mathematician, astronomer and physicist; first to sight rings of Saturn and its moon Titan, invented the pendulum clock

1775 – The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush, the first American abolition society

1816 – Bussa, a slave in British-ruled Barbados, leads a slave rebellion and is killed; first national hero of Barbados

1827 – Augustus Pitt-Rivers born, English archaeologist, “father of British archaeology”

1828 – Dictionary Day * – Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary

1844 – Anatole France born, French poet and novelist; La Révolte des anges 

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth, and dies the next day

1866 – Anne Sullivan born, American educator, Helen Keller’s teacher

1889 – Arnold Toynbee born, English historian-author; 12 volume Study of History

1890 – Pan American Day *- The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.

1894 – The first commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films

1900 – Opening Day of the Exposition Universelle, the world’s fair in Paris, France

1909 – Massacres of 15,000 Armenians in the Armenian provinces, especially in Adana, Cilicia; some of the Young Turks were probably involved

1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40, sinks morning of April 15th

1919 – Shamshad Begum born, Indian singer, sang in a number of languages including Hindi, Tamil, and Punjabi

1927 – The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden

1932 – Loretta Lynn, American singer-songwriter; 7 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music awards and 4 Grammys

1939 – John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is published

1941 – German forces under General Erwin Rommel attack Tobruk in Libya

1955 – Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” is released

1960 – The musical Bye Bye Birdie opens on Broadway

1978 – David Hare’s play Plenty premieres in London

1978 – Thousands of Georgians demonstrate in the capital Tbilisi against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language

1988 – In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan

1989 – Tom Petty releases his first solo album Full Moon Fever 

1991 – The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union

2003 – The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%

2013 – International Moment of Laughter Day * is launched by Izzy Gesell, American “Humorologist,” because laughter relieves stress and boosts optimism



  • National Dolphin Day
  • International flags
  • Nantes Cathedral
  • Christiaan Huygens, world quote
  • Arnold Toynbee – survival quote
  • 1900 Exposition Universelle poster
  • John Steinbeck – Grapes of Wrath quote
  • International Moment of Laughter Day – poster


About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband.
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