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April 14 in History

Update: April, 14/2012 - 09:32



Birth of Christian Huygens (died 1695), Dutch scientist and astronomer. He invented the micrometer, discovered Saturn's rings, pioneered the use of the pendulum, and formulated Huygens' principle.


Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Louis Kossuth as its leader.


US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford Theatre in Washington, DC.


Death of Nguyen Cao (born 1828). He and other patriotic scholars in Viet Nam were engaged in anti-French activities from 1883 to 1886. He was captured by the French in 1887 and later executed.


The White Star passenger liner Titanic sinks on her maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic; 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew lost their lives in the supposedly unsinkable vessel.


Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof, creator of the language of Esperanto, dies.


Death of Soviet poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsly (born 1893). He combined experimental poetic techniques with Bolshevik information service and was a leading member of the futurist movement. His works include the poems 150 Million and Mystery Bouffe.


Spain is declared a republic after King Alfonso abdicates and flees the country.


The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Viet Nam decides to name the military operation to liberate Sai Gon the Ho Chi Minh Campaign.

Vietnamese liberation forces overrun the Sai Gon-held Song Tu Tay Island in the Truong Sa Archipelago (Spratlys) in the East Sea.


Viet Nam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a statement condemning China's decision to include the Hoang Sa (Paracels) and the Truong Sa (Spratlys) in the East Sea in the Chinese maritime province of Hainan. The statement qualifies the Chinese move as illegal and invalid.


The UN Security council votes to ease sanctions on Iraq, giving it easier terms in trading oil for food. It authorises Iraq to sell US$2 billion worth of oil over six months to pay for humanitarian supplies.


After years of delay, Russian lawmakers approve the START II treaty to scrap thousands of US and Russian nuclear warheads, clearing the way for further arms reductions. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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