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APRIL 14

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North and South America: Pan American Day
(Commemorates the April 14, 1890 founding of the Union of American Republics forerunner of the OAS)
World Government Stony Brook University Hospital
1808 William Marvin (New York-born Governor of Florida) New York Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics Florida Historical Society
1842 Adna R. Chaffee (Ohio-born American Army Officer; Chief of Staff: 1904-06) Ohio Military Leaders American Military Leaders American Civil War
1856 Lamaratine Griffin Hardman (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics University of Georgia
1866 Anne Sullivan (Massachusetts-born Educator of the Deaf and Blind: Teacher of Helen Keller) Anne Sullivan Helen Keller Blindness Educators of Note
1891 Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar (Indian-born Social and Religious Leader) India Buddhism SikhSpectrum
1907 Francois Duvalier (Haitian President: 1957-1971) Haitian Political and Social Leader
1924 Robert Mugabe (President of Zimbabwe) Robert Mugabe
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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73 967 Jewish Zealots Commit Mass Suicide within the Masada Fortress Before Being Attacked by the Romans Judaism Roman Empire Death Concordia
1840 Two U.S. Soldiers Die in Battle with Seminole Warriors Near Florida's Fort King Florida Seminole Indians War Death Florida Historical Society
1861 Minnesota Is the First State to Offer Soldiers to the Union Army When Governor Alexander Ramsey Volunteers to Provide 1,000 Troops Minnesota American Civil War Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1863 Federal Ships Capture Two Blockade Runners Off the Florida Coast Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1865 President Lincoln's Son, Capt. Robert Lincoln, Returns Home from Appomattox President Abraham Lincoln Surrender at Appomattox Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Approves the Secretary of the Treasury's Plan to Create the U.S. Secret Service U.S. Government President Abraham Lincoln U.S. Treasury
General Grant Reports to President Lincoln's Cabinet on the Surrender at Appomattox President Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant Surrender at Appomattox Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Is Shot and Mortally Wounded At Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency
1890 First International Conference of American States Establishes Union of American Republics (OAS Forerunner) World Government Historic Firsts Organization of American States
1912 Titanic Strikes Iceberg Shortly Before Midnight 400 Miles South of Newfoundland Newfoundland The Titanic Naval History
1918 U.S. Fliers Engage in the First-Ever Dogfight over France France Aviation History World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
1931 King Alfonso XIII of Spain Goes into Exile, and the Spanish Republic Is Proclaimed Spain Indiana University New York Times
1944 The Cargo Ship Fort Stikine Explodes in the Docks of Bombay, India: 1,300 Die, 3,000 Injured India Naval History Death History Channel
1967 Military Leader, Gnassingbe Eyadema, Assumes Presidency of Togo Togo U.S. Department of State
1968 Massive Rally Turns Violent as Students Protest in West Berlin Berlin BBC
1979 Yusufu Lule Is Sworn in as the New President of Uganda Uganda Political and Social Leaders BBC
1984 U.S. Diplomat Dennis Keough Is Killed in Namibia by a Booby Trap Bomb Namibia U.S. Government War on Terrorism Notable Persons Who Have Died on This Date
1986 U.S. Bombs Libya Libya Cold War History Channel
1986 U.S. Bombs Libya Libya Cold War History Channel
Desmond Tutu Is Selected as the First Black Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa Desmond Tutu Religion Historic Firsts South African History
1988 Soviets Agree to Withdraw Troops from Afghanistan Afghanistan Soviet Union Cold War History Channel BBC
1990 Nelson Mandela Admits That Members of the ANC Tortured Dissident Guerrillas South Africa Nelson Mandela Crime South African History
1994 Dissidents Shoot and Kill Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister, Selometsi Baholo Lesotho Political and Social Leaders Crime Death South African History
1997 James McDougal Sentenced to Three-years in Prison for Whitewater Conspiracy Whitewater Investigation Law and Legal Resources Washington Post New York Times

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