April 14


1775 – The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia 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 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, 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 has a deal with Merck pharmaceuticals to promote their diabetes medications.

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



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

Bradford Dillman 1930 – Actor (“Escape from the Planet of the Apes”, “The Way We Were”, “The Enforcer”, “The Swarm”, “Piranha”, “Sudden Impact”, “Lords of the Deep”)

Loretta Lynn 1932 – Country singer

Frank Serpico 1934

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

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

Pete Rose 1941 – Baseball player

Ritchie Blackmore 1945 – Musician (Deep Purple)

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

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

Robert Carlyle 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 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 1969 – Baseball player, manager (Detroit Tigers)

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

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

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

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



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