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August 14 is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years)
in the Gregorian calendar. There are 139 days remaining until
the end of the year.
- 1183 -
Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan take the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and flee to western
escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan. (Traditional Japanese date: Twenty-fifth Day of the Seventh Month of
the Second Year of Juei).
- 1385 -
Portuguese Crisis of 1383–1385:
Battle of Aljubarrota - Portuguese
forces commanded by King João I and his general Nuno Álvares Pereira defeat the Castilian army of King Juan I.
- 1598 -
Nine Years War:
Battle of the Yellow Ford - Irish forces
under Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, defeat an English
expeditionary force under Henry Bagenal.
- 1842 -
Indian Wars: Second Seminole War ends, with the Seminoles forced from Florida to
- 1846 - The
Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3
chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
- 1848 -
Oregon Territory organized by Act of U.S. Congress.
- 1880 -
Cologne Cathedral, the most famous landmark in Cologne, Germany,
- 1885 -
issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
- 1893 -
introduces motor vehicle registration.
- 1897 - The
town of Anosimena is captured by French troops from
defenders in Madagascar.
- 1900 - A
joint European-Japanese-United States force (Eight-Nation Alliance) occupies Beijing, in a
campaign to end the bloody Boxer Rebellion in China.
- 1901 - The
first claimed powered flight, by Gustave Whitehead in his Number 21.
- 1908 -
First beauty contest held in Folkestone,
- 1911 -
United States Senate leaders agree to
rotate the office of President pro tempore
of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye's death.
- 1912 -
United States Marines invade Nicaragua to
support the U.S.-backed government installed there after José Santos Zelaya resigned three years earlier.
- 1921 -
Tannu Tuva, later Tuvinian People's Republic
is established as a completely independent country (which is supported by
- 1925 - The
original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse is completed and goes on
- 1933 -
Loggers cause a forest fire in the Coast Range of Oregon, later known
as the first forest fire of the Tillamook Burn. It is extinguished on September
5, after destroying 240,000 acres (970 km²).
- 1935 -
United States Social Security Act passes,
creating a government pension system for the retired.
- 1936 -
Rainey Bethea is hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky in the
last public execution in the United
- 1937 - The
beginning of air-to-air combat of the Second Sino-Japanese War and World
War II in general, when 6 Imperial Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers were shot down by the Nationalist Chinese Air Force while raiding Chinese air
bases, hence, 14 August has thus become acknowledged and celebrated as Chinese
Air Force Day.
- 1941 -
World War II - Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt sign the Atlantic Charter of war stating postwar aims.
- 1945 -
the Allied terms of surrender in World
War II and the Emperor records the Imperial Rescript on Surrender (August 15 in
Japan standard time).
- 1947 -
Pakistan gains Independence from the British Indian Empire under the administration of United Kingdom and joins the British Commonwealth.
- 1967 -
UK Marine Broadcasting Offences Act
declares participation in offshore pirate
- 1969 -
United Kingdom troops deploy in Northern Ireland.
- 1972 - An
East German Ilyushin Il-62 crashes during takeoff from East
Berlin, killing 156.
- 1973 -
The constitution of 1973 comes into effect
- 1976 - The
Senegalese political party PAI-Rénovation is legally
recognized. PAI-Rénovation thus becomes the third legal party in the
- 1980 -
Lech Wałęsa leads strikes at Gdańsk,
- 1994 -
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez,
the terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal", is captured.
- 2003 -
blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
- 2007 - The
2007 Kahtaniya bombings kills
at least 400 people.