April 14

Scott Winters, Realtor

A quick look at Today in History, check out some Celebrity Birthdays, and find out what Days of the Year to celebrate.



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”.

1846 – The Donner Party of pioneers departed Springfield, IL, for California on what would become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.

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.

1896 – John Harvey Kellogg received a patent for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes.

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

1907 – Tobacconists reported that conservatively, 40,000 cigars were smoked in Grand Rapids, MI every day. That number did not include those who smoked cigarettes, pipes, or used chewing tobacco.

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 hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 pm. It sank the next morning. 1,503 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.

1983 – The first cordless phone was introduced by Fidelity and British Telecom. It could operate up to 600 feet from its base.

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.

2000 – The film “American Psycho”, based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 novel of the same name, premiered. It starred Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, and Jared Leto.

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.

2012 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2012: Guns n’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys and Freddie King; producers Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns; and the backing groups The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles.

2020 – More than a quarter of Michigan’s workforce had filed unemployment claims because of COVID-19.

2021 – President Joe Biden announced his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11.



Joan Darling – 89 years old (1935) – Actress, director (directed the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”)

Frank Serpico – 88 years old (1936) – Former New York City Police Department officer , whistleblower

Julie Christie – 84 years old (1940) – Actress (“Dr. Zhivago”, “Shampoo”, “Darling”, “McCabe & Mrs. Miller”, “Afterglow”, “Away From Her”, “Fahrenheit 451”)

Pete Rose – 83 years old (1941) – Baseball player

Ritchie Blackmore – 79 years old (1945) – Guitarist (Deep Purple)

John Shea – 75 years old (1949) – Actor (“Honey, I Blew Up the Kid”, TV’s “Lois & Clark”)

Brad Garrett – 64 years old (1960) – Actor (TV’s “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “‘Til Death”)

Robert Carlyle – 63 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 – 56 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 – 55 years old (1969) – Baseball player, manager (Detroit Tigers player 1996, 1999-2000; manager 2014-2017)

Adrien Brody – 51 years old (1973) – Actor (“The Pianist”, “The Darjeeling Limited”, “King Kong”, “The Village”, “Summer of Sam”, “The Thin Red Line”)

Sarah Michelle Gellar – 47 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 – 44 years old (1980) – Actress (TV’s “The West Wing”, “General Hospital”, “Franklin & Bash”, “Grimm”)

Vivien Cardone – 31 years old (1993) – Actress (TV’s “Everwood”)

Abigail Breslin – 28 years old (1996) – Actress (“Signs”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)



Day of Silence

International Laverbread Day

International Moment of Laughter Day

National Dolphin Day

National Ex-Spouse Day

National Gardening Day

National Look Up at the Sky Day

National Pan American Day

National Pecan Day

National Reach as High as You Can Day

World Chagas Disease Day


For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.com, www.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, www.daysoftheyear.com, and www.nationaldaycalendar.com.

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