This Day in History on 14 December

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 14 December. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

Important Events

1819, 14th December: Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States.

1901: Gandhiji reaches Rajkot via Porbunder.

1903, 14th December: The Wright brothers tried the first flight attempt in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

1920: Akali Dal established.

1931: Viceroy of India issues new powers to seize properties of those who, following independence leader Gandhi, refuse to pay taxes.

1952: Roshan Harshadlal “Deepak” Shodhan scored 110 in his Test Cricket debut vs Pakistan in Calcutta.

1961, 14th December: Tanzania joined the United Nations.

1969: Bishen Bedi takes 7-98 (career-best) v Australia at Calcutta.

1984: First MIG 27M aircraft assembled by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. takes off.

1985: Rajiv Gandhi joins the leaders of Greece, Sweden, Tanzania, Mexico and Argentina in a tele-conference as part of the UN ceremony at which they are honoured with the ‘Beyond War’ award.

1990: President’s Rule imposed on Goa. Caretaker CM Dr. Barbosa disqualified from the membership of Assembly for defection from Congress (I) nine months ago.

1990: Vijay Karan became the director of Central Bureau of Investigation (till 01/06/92).

1992: Balasaheb Deora, RSS chief, kept under house arrest. National head quarters of the party in New Delhi sealed.

1994: 10 IAF personnel of the first batch were reinducted and the last batch left on 20th Dec 94. Cpl Nasir was left as a lying casualty due to injuries sustained in the RPG explosion.

1995: Leaders of Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia ended the three-and-a-half-year-long Balkan War by signing the Treaty of Dayton in Paris.

1997: All countries in the world agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

1998: The Government introduces the controversial Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha.

1998: The Supreme Court allows Karnataka to begin skeletal work on erection of 26 crest gates at the Almatti dam on the Krishna at ”its own risk and cost”, but directs it not to raise the dam height beyond the present 509 metres.

1999: India lost to Australia by 285 runs in Adelaide in the first cricket Test.

1999: G.M.C. Balayogi, Lok Sabha speaker, presents a draft for over Rs. 32 lakhs to the Prime Minister for the Kargil Fund.

1999: The Prime Minister informs the Lok Sabha that Ram Prakash Gupta has denied the remarks on temple construction.

2000: The Government declares the 10-day old postal strike illegal as per the provisions of the Industrial Dispute Act.

2003, 14th December: Saddam Hussein, the ousted president of Iraq, was captured by the US military.

2007: Rail service resumed after 50 years between North and South Korea.

B. K. S. Iyengar

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1503: Nostradamus, a French astrologer, physician, and reputed seer.

1546: Tycho Brahe, a Danish nobleman, astronomer, and writer.

1812: Lord Charles Caning, Governor General and Viceroy of India (1856-1862), was born.

Raj Kapoor

1864: Jagat Narayan, law expert and educationist, was born.

1895: George VI, King of the United Kingdom.

1910: Upendranath Ashok, noted writer, was born.

1918: B.K.S. Iyengar, an Indian Yoga teacher.

1924: Raj Kapoor, an Indian film actor, producer, and director.

Vijay Amritraj
Shyam Benegal

1931: Jaun Elia, an Indo-Pak Urdu poet, philosopher, biographer, and scholar.

1934: Shyam Benegal, Indian director and screenwriter

1936: Kamalkant Bhattacharya, Assamese thinker and author, passed away.

Rana Daggubati

1946: Sanjay Gandhi, an Indian politician and the son of Indira Gandhi.

1953: Vijay Amritraj, an Indian sports commentator, occasional actor, and former tennis player from Madras.

1962: Bharathi Arun, cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80’s), was born in Vijayawada.

1984: Rana Daggubati, Indian actor and producer

Death/ Death Anniversary

C. N. Karunakaran

1542: James V, King of Scotland.

1788: Charles III, King of Spain.

1799: George Washington, an American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as the first president of the United States.

1943: John Harvey Kellogg, an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, eugenicist, and businessman.

1947: Stanley Baldwin, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1955: Henry Heras, famous artist and an active member of the Indian Historical Records Commission, died in Bombay.

1966: Shailendra, a popular Indian Hindi-Urdu lyricist.

1968: Chaggan Baba (Chagganlal Karamshi Parekh), great social worker and founder of Mahila Griha Udyog and Lijjat Papad, died.

1979: Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer, two Tests for India and bowling average of 205, died.

2006: Ahmet Ertegun, a Turkish-American businessman, songwriter, and philanthropist.

2013: C. N. Karunakaran, Indian painter and illustrator (b. 1940)

Further Reading

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