APRiL 14 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1828 ~ NOAH WEBSTER copyrighted the 1st edition of his dictionary on this 14th day of April in 1828.

The title page of a Dictionary of the English Language written by Noah Webster, the copyrighted 1st edition (image belongs to Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database)
The title page of the Dictionary of the English Language written by Noah Webster, the copyrighted 1st edition (image belongs to Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database)

1912 ~ The RMS TiTANiC hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm on this 14th day of April in 1912. The Titanic sank the following morning with a loss of 1,517 lives. Sorry to spoil it if you didn’t know the ending…

1912 ~ ROBERT DOiSNEAU the French photographer was born on this 14th day of April in 1912 (died on April the 1st in 1994 aged 81). He is renowned for his 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.

Le baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall) photo by Robert Doisneau
Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall) 1950 photo by Robert Doisneau

1927 ~ The 1st VOLVO car premieres in Sweden on this 14th day of April in 1927.

1986 ~ The BiGGEST HAiLSTONES in the World fell on Gopalganj in Bangladesh, killing 92 people on this 14th day of April in 1986. The hailstones were 1 kilogram (2.2 lb), the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.

1977 ~ SARAH MiCHELLE GELLAR the American actress best known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer was born on this 14th day of April in 1977.

2013 ~ PSY’s GENTLEMAN MUSiC ViDEO broke another Guinness World Record on the 14th April 2013. Psy was awarded the Most viewed video online in 24 hours Guinness World Record on the 14th April 2013 with his new music video Gentleman, which received 38.4 million views on YouTube within it’s first 24 hours (actual total views = 38,409,306)

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