On This Day — September 14th

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September 14th is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 108 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

AD 81 – Domitian, the last Flavian emperor of Rome, was confirmed by the Senate to succeed his brother Titus.

1752 – In adopting the Gregorian calendar under the terms of the Calendar (New Style) Act 1750, the British Empire skipped eleven days, with September 2 being followed directly by September 14.

1914 – HMAS AE1, the Royal Australian Navy’s first submarine, was lost at sea; its wreck was not found until 2017.

1940 – The Hungarian Army indiscriminately killed at least 150 ethnic Romanians in Ipp, Transylvania, after rumors spread that Romanians were responsible for the recent deaths of two soldiers.

2015 – Physicists of the LIGO and Virgo projects first observed gravitational waves, the existence of which was predicted by Henri Poincaré in 1905.

Celebrity Birthdays

Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill turns 71

The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln turns 45

Amy Winehouse would have turned 35

Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay turns 29

On This Day — September 14

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September 14th is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 108 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56)

On this day in history:

1741 – George Frideric Handel completes his oratorio Messiah.

1753 – The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (the previous day was September 2).

1901 – U.S. President William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

1959 – The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.

1984 – Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a gas balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

2007 – Financial crisis of 2007–2008: The Northern Rock bank experiences the first bank run in the United Kingdom in 150 years.

Celebrity Birthdays:

Jurassic Park Actor Sam Neill turns 70

The Walking Dead Star Andrew Lincoln turns 44

Downton Abbey Actress Jessica Brown Findlay turns 28

Rapper Nas turns 44

Soul Singer Amy Winehouse would have turned 34

Happy Birthday to all September 14th babies!