October 14: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On October 14, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. In the Gregorian calendar, October 14th is the 287th day. On this day, Ronald Reagan, then-President of the United States, announced the War on Drugs; A.A. Milne’s children’s book Winnie the Pooh was released; and the Norman conquest of England began with the Battle of Hastings.

The 14th of October falls under the sign of Libra. Singer Usher, poet E.E. Cummings, and philosopher Hannah Arendt all have October 14th birthdays. It’s National Dessert Day today.


Happy Birthday! (October 14, 1633)
James II of England. photo source:


(October 14, 1888)
The Roundhay Garden Scene, directed by Louis Le Prince, is the first motion picture. It's thought to be the world's oldest film. photo source:

(October 14, 1964)
Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist preacher and social activist, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to civil rights and social justice. photo source:

(October 14, 1968)
The Apollo 7 crew broadcasts their first live television show from space. photo source:

(October 14, 1991)
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. photo source:


(October 14, 1994)
For their roles in the construction of the Oslo Accords and the shaping of future Palestinian self-government, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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