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14 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


14 December: In a year, the 14th of December is the 348th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 349th day of the year.

What special day is today?

On this day, The UK granted permission to women to vote in a general election; UNESCO adopted the Convention against Discrimination; and Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer became the first man to arrive at the South Pole.

Famous birthdays include Nostradamus, Sergey Bubka, and Shyam Benegal.

December 14 also marks International Monkey Day.

Let’s explore what happened today.

14 December: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 14 December

Art & Artists

  • 1918 The premiere of Gianni Schicchi, a comic opera by the composer Giacomo Puccini in New York City (at the Metropolitan Opera).
  • 2017 Announcement made by the Walt Disney Company that it is going to purchase 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. The deal includes acquiring the 20th Century Fox movie studio.

Science & Technology

  • 1902 The laying down of the first Pacific telegraph cable by the Commercial Pacific Cable Company from San Francisco to Honolulu.
  • 1940 At Berkeley, California, Plutonium (particularly Pu-238) was isolated for the first time.

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Leaders & Politics

  • 1542 After the demise of James V his daughter Princess Mary Stuart was made the Queen of Scots. The Princess was merely seven days old at that time.
  • 1918 The UK granted permission to women to vote in a general election.

People & Society

  • 1896 The Glasgow District Subway Company opened the Glasgow Underground Railway to the public on this day.
  • 1960UNESCO adopted the Convention against Discrimination.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1287The Zuiderzee sea wall collapsed in the northwest Netherlands that killed 50,000 to 80,000 people approximately.
  • 1999Flash floods caused by heavy rains swept away the Vargas region in Venezuela which resulted in the death of tens of thousands.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1911Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian explorer became the first man to arrive at the South Pole.
  • 1962Mariner 2 flew by Venus on this day. It is the 1st spacecraft that flew by Venus.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1947 In Daytona Beach, Florida, NASCAR (the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was established.
  • 1948 A patent for a cathode-ray tube amusement device was granted to Estle Ray Mann and Thomas T. Goldsmith Jr. It was recognized as the world’s first interactive electronic game.

Birth Anniversaries (14 December)

  • 1503 – Nostradamus (French Astrologer)
  • 1546 – Tycho Brahe (Danish astronomer)
  • 1895 – George VI (King of the UK)
  • 1924 – Raj Kapoor (Indian actor and director)
  • 1934 – Shyam Benegal (Indian Director)
  • 1935 – Lee Remick (American actress)
  • 1947 – Dilma Rousseff (36th President of Brazil)
  • 1993 – Myrna Loy (American Actress)

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Death Anniversaries (14 December)

  • 1799 – George Washington (The first US President)
  • 1837 – Jean-Olivier Chénier (Canadian physician)
  • 1935 – Stanley G. Weinbaum (American author)
  • 1944 – Lupe Vélez (Mexican actress)
  • 1998 – Norman Fell (American actor and comedian)

What Special Day is Today: (14 December)

  • International Monkey Day
  • Alabama Day (Alabama)
  • Martyred Intellectuals Day (Bangladesh)
  • Forty-seven Ronin Remembrance Day (Sengaku-ji, Tokyo)


The enchanting story of the day (14 December) unearths different uplifts and upheavals seen by nations and peoples. The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

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