This Day in History on 14th April

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 14th April. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Ambedkar Jayanti (India)
  • Black Day (South Korea)
  • Youth Day (Angola)

Important Events

1659: Aurangzeb defeated his brother Dara Shukoh to capture the throne of Delhi.

1661: Prince Sessie first used the term telescope for telescopes.

1699: The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh, established the Khalsa Panth.

1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincon was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth

1905: Earthquake at Kangra region in Himachal.

1912: RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean at 11:40 pm (local time).

1944: Blast in ammunition loaded on 1,318 tonned freighter ‘S. S. Fort Stikine’ which was anchored in Victoria Dock at Bombay. The explosion killed 1376 people, wrecking 27 ships and destroying 40,000 tons of food.

1944: A cargo ship, the Fort Stickin, docked at Mumbai dock, explodes at 4:05 pm, killing 300 people and causing (then) financial loss of about 20 million pounds.

1948: Law about Atomic Energy implemented in India.

1952: Three integrated Railway Zones, Northern, North Eastern and Eastern inaugurated.

1979: Sanjiva Reddy,President, flagged off the first electric train in Madras

1988: Ashok Kumar, actor, recieved the Dada Saheb Phalke Award.

1989: Ranjan Roy, captain of Indian Navy, and his wife Rupali Roy started off in a Maruti car.

1990: L. P. Poarbosa sworn in as CM of Goa.

1990: Over 90 persons killed in an Airbus crash in Bangalore.

1992: The 79th Plenary session of the Indian National Congress opens in Tirupati.

1993: The Cabinet Committee approves delicensing of car, refrigerator and leather goods industries.

1995: India beats Sri Lanka to win the Asia Cricket Cup final in Sharjah.

1995: Dr. Ramesh Babu set a world record for holding 6,670 consecutive rallies in table tennis in Pune.

1998: Kushabhau Thakre is declared elected BJP president.

2000: The AIADMK expels senior leaders Sedapatti R. Muthiah, S. Raghupathy and Karuppusamy Pandian for ”anti-party activities”.

2006: Twin blasts triggered by crude bombs during Asr prayer in Jama Masjid, Delhi, injured 13 people.

Birthday / Anniversary

1469: Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, was born on Baisakhi in a Khatri family in Talwandi Rae Bhoe in Pakistan, known as Nankana Sahib. Guru Nanak’s birthday has been traditionally celebrated on Katik Poornamashi. Althought the correct birth date has been established as Vaisakh 1 (April 14), it will continue to be celebrated on Katik Poornamashi until such time as it is changed to Vaisakh 1. (Most Sikhs in the present day consider themselves members of a separate religion.).

1563: Guru Arjun Dev, Sikh Guru, was born.

1629: Christiaan Huygens, a Dutch physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and inventor.

1872: Abdullah Yusuf Ali, a British-Indian barrister. He translated the Quran into English.

1891: Dr. Bhimrao Ramji ‘Babasaheb’ Ambedkar, India’s great social reformer, politician, author, architect, lawyer and agitator, was born in Maharashtra.

1907: P. C. Joshi, famous Leftist leader and thinker, was born.

1914: Takli Shivshankar, famous Malyalam novelist and short story writer, was born.

1916: Commandur Rajagopalachari Rangachari, cricketer (India 1947-48), was born at Mamandur, Tamil Nadu.

1919: Gandhiji confesses at Nadiad his “”Himalayan miscalculation”” regarding satyagraha martial law declared in Pune

1919: K. Saraswathi Amma, a Malayalam feminist writer.

1922: Ali Akbar Khan, an Indian Hindustani classical musician.

1925: Harisingh Gogumal Kishanchand, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1947-52), was born in Karachi.

1941: Julie Christie, actress (Dr Zhivago), was born in Assam, India.

1957: Kailasavadivoo Sivan, an Indian space scientist.

Death / Death Anniversary

1772: Ahmadshah Abdali passed away.

1950: Sri Raman Maharshi, modern south Indian saint, passed away .

1962: Sir Mokshagundam Vivesvaraya, father of modern engineering, passed away at the age of 102. He was receipent of “”Bharat Ratna”” Award

1963: Maha Pandit Rahul Sanskrityayan, great Hindi writer, politician and professor, passed away at Darjeeling.

1990: Veena Vidwan S. Balachander passed away.

1997: Chandu Parkhi, an Indian actor.

2013: Rama Prasad Goenka, Indian business magnate.

Further Reading

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