I wake up every morning with the attitude of celebration for it is one more day I am here to share experiences with my friends and family members located all around the world. As an educator, presenter, entertainer, and online community builder, I’m often looking for historical, annual, and current events to celebrate. Today I remembered something Wikipedia had to offer that is often overlooked.
It generates a clickable calendar for each month that is published on the page set up for that month. Click this link to find out about the month of April on Wikipedia and April 14, for the events #OTD, the 104th day of this year.
These are the April 14 events listed on Wikipedia that stood out for me:
- 1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth; Lincoln lives till the following day.
- 1894 – The first-ever commercial motion picture house opens in New York City, United States, using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
- 1900 – The world’s fair Exposition Universelle opens in Paris.
- 1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th).
- 1929 – The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix takes place in the Principality of Monaco.
- 1958 – 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 female dog named Laika, who likely lived only a few hours.
- 1981 – STS-1: The first operational Space Shuttle, Columbia completes its first test flight.
- 2003 – The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
- 2005 – The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.