It happened today – this day in history – April 14

43BC: The Battle of Forum Gallorum: Marc Antony besieging Julius Caesar’s assassin Decimus Junius Brutus in Mutina, defeats the forces of the consul Pansa, who is killed.

1471: Wars of the Roses: Battle of Barnet – Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians and kill the Earl of Warwick.

1536: Henry VIII expropriates minor monasteries.

1741: Emperor Momozomo of Japan is born in Kyoto.

1759: Death of composer George Frideric Handel, aged 74.

1792: France declares war on Austria.

1828: Noah Webster registers the copyright of the first American dictionary for publication.

1841: The first detective novel, Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue” is published.

1849: Hungary declares itself independent of Austria.

1865: US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington.

1894: First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope.

1915: Turkey invades Armenia.

1936: Singer Édith Piaf is questioned after nightclub owner and her patron Louis Leplée is murdered in Paris.

1939: John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath” is published.

1940: Allied troops land in Norway.

1944: The first Jews transported from Athens arrive at Auschwitz. On the same day, General Dwight D Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force.

1945: US 7th Army & Allies forces capture Nuremberg and Stuttgart in Germany.

1958: Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 with Laika, the first dog in space, aboard burns up during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

1960: Motown is founded by Berry Gordy in Detroit.

1962: Georges Pompidou becomes Prime Minister of France after the resignation of Michel Debré.

1968: A massive student rally in West Berlin ends in violent clashes between police and protesters.

1969: John Lennon and Paul McCartney go into EMI Studios, Abbey Road alone and record The Ballad Of John And Yoko. On the same day, Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand share the Oscar for best actress in the first ever tie for The Lion In Winter and Funny Girl respectively.

1972: The Provisional IRA explodes 24 bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

1973: Acting FBI director L Patrick Gray resigns after admitting he destroyed evidence in the Watergate scandal.

1974: Gary Player wins his second US Masters title.

1978: A South Korean Airlines Boeing 707 is fired on by Soviets and crashes in Russia.


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1979: Yusufu Lule is sworn in as the new president of Uganda.

1980: Norman Mailer wins the Pulitzer Prize for “Executioner’s Song”. On the same day, Kramer vs Kramer dominates the Oscars, winning the four top awards of best picture, best director (Robert Benton), best actor (Dustin Hoffman) and best actress (Meryl Streep).

1981: The first space shuttle flight, Columbia 1, returns to earth.

1983: Former bass player with The Pretenders, Pete Farndon, dies from a drug overdose.

1985: Bernhard Langer becomes the first German winner of the US Masters.

1986: Desmond Tutu is elected Anglican Archbishop of Capetown. On the same day, author Simone de Beauvoir dies aged 78.

1991: Ian Woosnam wins his only major title with the US Masters.

1995: Actor, writer and folk singer Burl Ives dies from cancer aged 85.

1996: Nick Faldo wins his third US Masters and his sixth and final major tournament.

1999: Singer-songwriter and actor Anthony Newley dies from cancer. On the same day, NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees, killing 75.

2000: Kenneth Noye, 52, is sentenced to life imprisonment for the road rage killing of a man on the M25 in 1996. On the same day, Metallica file a lawsuit against P2P file sharing phenomenon Napster.

2001: Death of Scottish football legend Jim Baxter.

2002: Tiger Woods becomes the third golfer to claim back-to-back US Masters titles. On the same day, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country’s military.

Singles chart:

  1. Unchained Melody – Gareth Gates
  2. Lazy – X-Press 2 ft David Byrne
  3. Whenever Wherever – Shakira
  4. How You Remind Me – Nickelback
  5. I’m Not A Girl Not Yet A Woman – Britney Spears
  6. One Step Too Far – Faithless ft Dido
  7. 4 My People – Missy Elliott
  8. Me Julie – Ali G and Shaggy
  9. My Culture – 1 Giant Leap
  10. Beautiful – Matt Darey ft Marcella Woods
2002: Anastacia – Freak Of Nature

Album chart:

  1. A New Day Has Come – Celine Dion
  2. C’mon C’mon – Sheryl Crow
  3. Silver Side Up – Nickelback
  4. All Rise – Blue
  5. Spin – Darren Hayes
  6. About A Boy OST – Badly Drawn Boy
  7. Freak Of Nature – Anastacia
  8. The Essential – Barbrra Srteisand
  9. J To Tha L-O: The Remixes – Jennifer Lopez
  10. Guitar Player – Hank Marvin

2003: US troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985.

2007: Silver Birch, ridden by Robbie Power, wins the Grand National at Aintree.

2010: Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting.

2014: Percussionist Armando Peraza dies of pneumonia at the age of 89. He was a member of the band Santana from 1972 until the early 90s.

2015: Soul singer Percy Sledge dies of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge aged 73.

2018: US, UK and French forces carry out air strikes on sites associated with Syria’s chemical weapons program, in response to Douma gas attack

2019: Tiger Woods wins his fifth US Masters and his first major title in 11 years.

2020: Donald Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization pending a review, for mistakes in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and for being “China-centric”.

2021: President Joe Biden confirms his decision to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.

2023: The European Space Agency’s mission to Jupiter’s moons, the Juice satellite, launches on an Ariane-5 rocket from the Kourou spaceport in French Guyana. On the same day, Mark Sheehan, guitarist for The Script, dies aged 46.

Win Butler

BIRTHDAYS: Julie Christie, actress, 84; Tony Burrows, singer (Edison Lighthouse/First Class/The Ivy League/The Flowerpot Men), 82; John Sergeant, broadcaster/journalist, 80; Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist (Deep Purple/Rainbow) 79; Sonja Kristina (Sonia Shaw), singer (Curved Air) 75; Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist, 73; Jon Herington, guitarist, 70; Peter Capaldi, actor, 66; Robert Carlyle, actor, 63; Gina McKee, actress, 60; Adrien Brody, actor, 51; Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress, 47; Win Butler, singer/guitarist/songwriter (Arcade Fire) 44; Abigail Breslin actress, 28.

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