April 14


1775 – The first abolitionist society in the U.S. was organized in Philadelphia, PA with Ben Franklin as President.

1828 – The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under the name “American Dictionary of the English Language.”

1860 – The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.

1865 – President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC, by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.

1894 – First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope took place in New York, NY.

1902 – James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY. It was called the Golden Rule Store.

1910 – President William Howard Taft threw out the first ball for the Washington Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics.

1912 – On its maiden voyage, the Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 pm. It sank the next morning. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.

1925 – WGN, in Chicago, IL became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2.

1927 – The first Volvo car premiered in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1939 – The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.

1956 – In Chicago, IL, Ampex Corporation demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture (videotape).

1959 – The Taft Memorial Bell Tower was dedicated in Washington, DC.

1960 – Berry Gordy Jr. founded the Motown Record Corporation in Detroit, MI.

1969 – For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.

1969 – At the Academy Awards there was a tie for the Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

1977 – The Renaissance Center opened in Detroit, MI. It had a 73-story tower and four 35-story buildings.

1981 – America’s first Space Shuttle, Columbia, returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The Shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.

1984 – The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact”.

1988 – In New York, NY real estate tycoons Harry and Leona Helmsley were indicted for income tax evasion.

1990 – Cal Ripken, of the Baltimore Orioles, began a streak of 95 errorless games and 431 total chances by a shortstop.

1994 – Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq. 26 people were killed including 15 Americans.

2004 – Dick Clark announced he has had adult onset diabetes since 1994. Clark had a deal with Merck pharmaceuticals to promote their diabetes medications.

2008 – Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines announced they were combining.



Gloria Jean – 92 years old (1926) – Actress (“Copacabana”, “The Ladies Man”)

Loretta Lynn – 86 years old (1932) – Country singer (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”)

Frank Serpico – 84 years old (1934) – Former New York City Police Department officer , whistleblower

Joan Darling – 83 years old (1935) – Actress, director (directed the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”)

Julie Christie – 78 years old (1940) – Actress (“Dr. Zhivago”, “Shampoo”, “Darling”, “McCabe & Mrs. Miller”, “Afterglow”, “Away From Her”, “Fahrenheit 451”)

Pete Rose – 77 years old (1941) – Baseball player

Ritchie Blackmore – 73 years old (1945) – Guitarist (Deep Purple)

John Shea – 69 years old (1949) – Actor (“Honey, I Blew Up the Kid”, TV’s “Lois & Clark”)

Brad Garrett – 58 years old (1960) – Actor (TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “‘Til Death”)

Robert Carlyle – 57 years old (1961) – Actor (“Trainspotting”, “The Full Monty”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Angela’s Ashes”, TV’s “Hamish Macbeth”, “Stargate Universe”, “Once Upon a Time”)

Anthony Michael Hall – 50 years old (1968) – Actor (“Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Johnny Be Good”, “National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “The Breakfast Club”, “Weird Science”, TV’s “The Dead Zone”, “Saturday Night Live”)

Brad Ausmus – 49 years old (1969) – Baseball player, manager (Detroit Tigers player 1996, 1999-2000; manager 2014-2017)

Adrien Brody – 45 years old (1973) – Actor (“The Pianist”, “The Darjeeling Limited”, “King Kong”, “The Village”, “Summer of Sam”, “The Thin Red Line”)

Sarah Michelle Gellar – 41 years old (1977) – Actress (TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “The Crazy Ones”, “All My Children”, movies “Scooby Doo”, “Cruel Intentions”, “Simply Irresistible”, “Scream 2”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”)

Claire Coffee – 38 years old (1980) – Actress (TV’s “The West Wing”, “General Hospital”, “Franklin & Bash”, “Grimm”)

Vivien Cardone – 25 years old (1993) – Actress (TV’s “Everwood”)

Abigail Breslin – 22 years old (1996) – Actress (“Signs”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)



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