Today in History, English
Today in History, English

42871April 14Event1931 – The Spanish Cortes deposes King Alfonso XIII and proclaims the Second Spanish Republic.
42872April 14Event1931 – First edition of The Highway Code published in Great Britain.
42873April 14Event1935 – "Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
42874April 14Event1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
42875April 14Event1940 – World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.
42876April 14Event1941 – World War II: German general Erwin Rommel attacks Tobruk.
42877April 14Event1942 – Malta receives the George Cross for its gallantry. The George Cross was given by King George VI himself and is now an emblem on the Maltese national flag.
42878April 14Event1944 – Bombay Explosion: A massive explosion in Bombay harbor kills 300 and causes economic damage valued then at 20 million pounds.
42879April 14Event1945 – Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.
42880April 14Event1956 – In Chicago, videotape is first demonstrated.
42881April 14Event1958 – The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. This was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. The female dog likely lived only a few hours.
42882April 14Event1967 – Gnassingbé Eyadéma overthrows President of Togo Nicolas Grunitzky and installs himself as the new president, a title he would hold for the next 38 years.
42883April 14Event1968 – At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
42884April 14Event1978 – Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
42885April 14Event1981 – STS-1: The first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia completes its first test flight.
42886April 14Event1986 – In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.
42887April 14Event1986 – The heaviest hailstones ever recorded (1 kilogram (2.2 lb)) fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92.
42888April 14Event1988 – The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.
42889April 14Event1988 – In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
42890April 14Event1991 – The Republic of Georgia introduces the post of President after its declaration of independence from the Soviet Union.
42891April 14Event1994 – In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.
42892April 14Event1999 – NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees. Yugoslav officials say 75 people were killed.
42893April 14Event1999 – A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$2.3 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
42894April 14Event2002 – Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
42895April 14Event2003 – The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
42896April 14Event2003 – U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.
42897April 14Event2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
42898April 14Event2007 – At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey, protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
42899April 14Event2010 – Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.
42900April 14Event2014 – Twin bomb blasts in Abuja, Nigeria, kill at least 75 people and injures 141 others.

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