August 14 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred, famous birthdays, death days, legend quotes, and historical news on August 14.

August 14

Events on August 14

1922 Death of Lord Northcliffe, founder of the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror newspapers.

1932 Death of Rin Tin Tin, star dog from Hollywood.

1947 Pakistan becomes independent from India to satisfy the Muslim League’s demand for a separate state for the Muslim minority.

1949 Konrad Adenauer becomes chancellor of West Germany. 

1951 Death of Randolph Hearst, king of America’s yellow press and inspiration for Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane.

1956 Death of Bertolt Brecht, Marxist German playwright and poet whose works include the play Galileo and the libretto for Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera.

1969 The first British troops enter Northern Ireland.

1980 Polish workers take over the shipyard at Gdansk in Poland.

1984 British novelist and dramatist J.B. Priestley, author of The Good Companions, dies at the age of 89.

1986 Benazir Bhutto is jailed by Pakistani dictator General Zia.

1994 Venezuelan terrorist “Carlos the Jackal” is arrested in Sudan.

2003 Blackouts cause chaos in north-east America and Canada as 50 million are without power.

2006 Pluto officially loses its status as a planet.

Famous Birthdays on August 14

Richard von Krafft-Ebing 1840, German psychiatrist who published his pioneering studies of sexual aberrations in Psychopathia sexualis.

John Galsworthy 1864, British novelist who wrote The Forsyte Saga.

Dave Crosby 1941, British guitarist with the Byrds and then founder member of the band Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Halle Berry 1966, American actress who was the first AfricanAmerican female to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster’s Ball in 2001.

Quotes from Legend

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

- Gustave Flaubert, in a letter to Louise Colet, 1853.

Historical News on August 14

Close Encounters for The RAF

close encounters for the RAF on August 14
Close encounters for the RAF

1956 Between 11 pm last night and 3 am this morning Royal Air Force personnel were involved in an extraordinary game of cat-and-mouse with several unidentified flying objects.

One of these was tracked by ground radar and also seen with the naked eye by operators in the radar tower at RAF Lakenheath as a bright light passing overhead.

An RAF pilot reported seeing the object streak beneath his aircraft.

A second radar station was then alerted.

After detecting a stationary target that suddenly raced northwards at 600 mph (965 kph), the second station called in an RAF fighter to investigate.

The pilot made airborne radar contact with the object, only to have it move behind his fighter.

Despite the pilot’s best efforts, the object could not be shaken off.

A second aircraft was called in, at which point the object moved off and all radar contacts were lost.

Bloodshed In Brownsville

1906 Racial tension between soldiers and townsfolk are believed to have been responsible for the fatal shooting of a white bartender and the injuring of a white policeman in the town of Brownsville, Texas last night.

Some 40 spent cartridges of a type used in the Army’s Springfield rifles were found outside Fort Benson.

As a result of this find, accusing fingers are being pointed at army personnel and, more specifically, at members of the three all-black companies of the 25th Infantry Regiment.

The 25th Infantry Regiment arrived at Fort Benson two weeks ago.

The arrival of the companies coincided with a series of minor incidents in the town, which were brought to an end by confining the soldiers to barracks.

Army officials are centering their investigation into last night’s violence on the men of “B” Company.

The men have reportedly closed ranks and refused President Roosevelt’s order that they name those responsible.

The President is threatening to dismiss the entire Company unless someone breaks what he has termed “this conspiracy of silence”.

New colony goes legal

1619 The colony established in the New World in 1607 by the Virginia Company of London held its first legislative assembly in Jamestown today.

The historic assembly was made possible by charters secured last year, which transferred the government of the colony from the Crown to the Company.

The first of its kind in the New World, it may point the way forward to new colonies as and when they become established.

Under the chairmanship of Governor Sir George Yeardley, the new assembly passed laws against drinking and gambling.

"Black" Jack on a roll

1960 Jack Brabham today clinched the Formula One drivers’ championship for the second year running with a sizzling win in the Portuguese Grand Prix at Oporto.

“Black” Jack, as the greengrocer’s son from Sydney is nicknamed, has already won five grand prix this season, at Zandvoort, Spa, Reims, Silverstone and now Oporto.

His considerable driving and engineering skills have helped Cooper win their second consecutive constructors’ championship.

Their revolutionary lightweight rear-engined car is pointing the way ahead to other constructors.

Next year will see the introduction of a limit (1.5 litres) on the size of engines in Formula One racing – and no doubt there will be more converts to the rear engine concept, too.

The Cassic Fastnet Race on August 14
The Cassic Fastnet Race

1979 The classic Fastnet Race ended in tragedy today when a Force 10 gale and mountainous seas claimed the lives of 15 sailors from competing yachts.

Of the 306 yachts that lined up at the start of the race three days ago, only 177 completed the 605-mile (973-km) course; 23 sank or were abandoned and scores of others were disabled, a high number with broken rudders.

Sailors had no advance warning of the severity of the storm, which changed dramatically from a bumpy but manageable Force 8 to a howling Force 10.

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