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8/14/2022 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - August 14

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Today in History in 1281 during Kublai Khan’s second invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappeared in a typhoon near Japan; and in 1945 Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrendered and the end of World War II was announced.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1281 - During Kublai Khan's 2nd Invasion of Japan his invading Chinese fleet of 3,500 vessels disappears in a typhoon near Japan
  • 1498 - Columbus landed at the mouth of the Orinoco River in what is now Venezuela
  • 1846 - The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite strikes near the town of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
  • 1873 - "Field & Stream" begins publishing
  • 1941 - US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter
  • 1942 - Dwight D. Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 1945 - V-J Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II (also August 15 depending on time zone)
  • 1980 - Democratic Convention in NYC nominates Jimmy Carter & Walter Mondale

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1777 - Hans Christian Oersted, Rudkøbing, Denmark, physicist/chemist (View of Chemical Law), (d. 1851)
  • 1851 - Doc Holliday, Griffin Georgia, American gambler, dentist and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral)
  • 1926 - Alice Adams, US author
  • 1926 - Alice Ghostley, Eve Montana, actress (Bewitched, Designing Women)
  • 1941 - Connie Smith, Elkhart, Indiana, singer (Dream Painter, New Horizons)
  • 1941 - David Crosby, rocker (Crosby, Stills & Nash-Southern Cross), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945 - Steve Martin, American comedian and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1947 - Danielle Steel, New York, American novelist (Wanderlust, The House)
  • 1950 - Gary Larson, Tacoma, Washington, cartoonist (Far Side)
  • 1957 - Jackee [Harry], Winston-Salem NC, actress (Sandra-227)
  • 1959 - Marcia Gay Harden, American actress
  • 1959 - Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Lansing Michigan, NBA Forward (LA Lakers/Olympic-gold-92)
  • 1961 - Susan Olson, actress (Cindy-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California

Famous Weddings

  • 1756 - Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina
  • 1939 - "A Star Is Born" actress Janet Gaynor (32) weds MGM costume designer Adrian (36)
  • 1956 - Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)
  • 1964 - World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali (22) weds cocktail waitress Sonja Roi
  • 1965 - Former fashion model and fitness guru Jane Fonda (27) weds director/producer Roger Vadim (37) in Las Vegas
  • 1991 - Comedian Jackie Mason marries his manager Jyll Rosenfeld (37)
  • 1993 – Dr. William Masters (78) weds college sweetheart Geraldine Oliver (76)
  • 1993 - Shari Beadley weds Christopher Martin (Kid 'n Play)
  • 2004 - Actor Josh Brolin (36) weds actress Diane Lane (39) at his ninety-seven acre spread in San Luis Obispo, California
  • 2004 - "Dancing With The Stars" contestant and "Seinfeld" actor John O'Hurley (49) weds Lisa Mesloh at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2010 - Actress and singer Hilary Duff (24) weds retired Canadian professional ice hockey center Mike Comrie (31) at La Quinta Estate in Montecito, California

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada divorces NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) due to irretrievably broken marriage only 41 days after getting married

Famous Deaths

  • 1870 - David Farragut, American Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), dies at 69
  • 1932 - Rin Tin Tin, US Hollywood-dog, dies
  • 1951 - William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), dies at 88
  • 1982 - Patrick Magee, Irish actor (Clockwork Orange, King Lear), dies at 60
  • 1985 - Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • 1988 - Enzo Ferrari, Italy, sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90

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