Home Today's History Lesson TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JAN 14



1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.

0378 – General Siyaj K’ak’, a Mayan warlord, conquers Tikal and increases the domain of Teotihuacan

1129 – Formal approval of the Order of the Knights Templar at the Council of Troyes.

1236 – English king Henry III marries Eleonora of Provence

1301 – Andrew III of Hungary dies, ending the Arpad dynasty in Hungary.

1343 – Arnost of Pardubice becomes the first Archbishop of Prague (and the last bishop of Prague)

1514 – Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery.

1526 – Charles V & Francis I sign Treaty of Madrid; Francis I forced to give up claims in Burgundy, Italy & Flanders”

1601 – Church authorities burn Hebrew books in Rome

1639 – Connecticut’s first constitution, the “Fundamental Orders,” was adopted.

1641 – United East Indian Company conquerors city of Malakka, 7,000 killed

1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”

1724 – King Philip V of Spain abdicates the throne.

1761 – The Third Battle of Panipat was fought in India between the Afghans under Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marhatas. The Afghan victory changed the course of Indian History.

1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War.

1794 – Dr Jessee Bennet of Edom VA, performs first successful Cesarean section operation on his wife

1814 – King of Denmark cedes Norway to King of Sweden by treaty of Kiel

1830 – Explorer Charles Sturt discovers river joining Murrumbidgee system which he calls the Murray (unaware same river had already been found by Hamilton and William Hume in 1824 and called the Hume.)

1858 – French Emperor Napoleon III escapes attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed

1873 – John Hyatt’s 1869 invention ‘Celluloid’ was registered as a trademark.

1882 – The Myopia Hunt Club, in Winchester, MA, became the first country club in the United States.

1913 – First Balkan War: The Greek army defeats the Turks at Bizani.

1914 – The Gandhi-Smuts Agreement is reached between General Jan Smuts and Mahatma Gandhi, regarding voluntary registration, poll tax, recognition of Indian marriages and other matters in South Africa

1929 – Afghan King Amanullah forced to resign

1935 – Oil pipeline Iraq-Mediterranean goes into use

1938 – National Society for the Legalization of Euthanasia formed (NY)

1940 – Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers

1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office. He flew from Miami, FL, to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.

1945 – Death marches to the interior of Germany begin, taking 250,000 Jewish lives.

1949 – Black and Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die

1950 – US recalls all consular officials from China

1954 – Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were married. The marriage only lasted nine months.

1960 – Elvis Presley is promoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army.

1963 – George C. Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama.

1967 – New York Times reports Army is conducting secret germ warfare experiments

1969 – An explosion aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise off Hawaii killed 25 crew members.

1972 – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascends the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513

1973 – The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.

1978 – The Sex Pistols perform their last concert, at San Francisco’s Winterland Theate

1979 – President Carter proposes Martin Luther King’s birthday be a holiday

1985 – 16 indicted by US for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees

1986 – “Rambo: First Blood, Part II” arrived at video stores. It broke the record set by “Ghostbusters”, for first day orders. 435,000 copies of the video were sold.

1989 – 1,000 muslims burn Rushdies’ “”Satanic Verses”” in Bradford England”

1993 – The British government pledged to introduce legislation to criminalize invasions of privacy by the press.

1994 – U.S. President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.

1996 – Juan Garcia Abrego was arrested by Mexican agents. The alleged drug lord was handed over to the FBI the next day.

1998 – Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.

1999 – The U.S. proposed the lifting of the U.N. ceilings on the sale of oil in Iraq. The restriction being that the money be used to buy medicine and food for the Iraqi people.

2000 – A U.N. tribunal sentenced five Bosnian Croats to up to 25 years for the 1993 massacre of over 100 Muslims in a Bosnian village.

2002 – UK declared free of foot-and-mouth cattle disease

2004 – In St. Louis, a Lewis and Clark Exhibition opened at the Missouri History Museum. The exhibit featured 500 rare and priceless objects used by the Corps of Discovery.

2005 – A probe, from the Cassini-Huygens mission, sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn’s moon Titan. The mission was launched on October 15, 1997.

2011 – Stampede near Sabarimala in Kerala, India kills 104 devotees and injures 100 more

2012 – Suicide bomber kills 53 and injures 130 in Basra, Iraq

2019 – Americans chance of dying from an accidental opioid overdose higher than a car accident for the first time, according to US National Safety Council

2021 – Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder charged and pleads not guilty to two counts of willful neglect of duty over the Flint water scandal that killed 12 people

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com



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