On This Day in History, April 14

Did you know that on this day in the year 2003, the project dedicated to mapping genes of the human genome was completed? Want to learn more?

Check out this highlighted list of significant events that happened on this day in history!

  • 1793-A royalist rebellion in Santo Domingo was crushed by French republican troops.
  • 1860-The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO.
  • 1865-U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot.
  • 1889-The first international Conference of American States began in Washington, DC.
  • 1894-First public showing of Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope took place on this day.
  • 1912-The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage, hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
  • 1925-WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular-season major league baseball game.
  • 1939-The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was published on this day.
  • 1946-The civil war between Communists and nationalists resumed in China.
  • 1959-The Taft Memorial Bell Tower was dedicated in Washington, DC.
  • 1984-The Texas Board of Education began requiring that the state’s public school textbooks describe the evolution of human beings as “theory rather than fact”.
  • 1986-The heaviest hailstones ever recorded hit Bangladesh.
  • 1988-The Soviet Union agrees to withdraw from Afghanistan.
  • 1994-Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two U.S. helicopters over northern Iraq.
  • 1998-The State of Virginia ignored the requests from the World Court and executed a Paraguayan for the murder of a U.S. woman.
  • 1999-Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and reaching its rival neighbor India.
  • 2000-Russia approved the START II treaty that called for the scrapping of U.S. and Russian nuclear warheads.
  • 2002-President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JC Penny’s associates for being in business for 100 years.
  • 2002-President Hugo Chavez, of Venezuela, returned to office two days after being arrested by his country’s military.
  • 2003-The project dedicated to mapping the genes of the human genome was completed on this day.

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