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On This Day in History, June 14

What Happened On This Day – June 14

  • 2002 A large asteroid just misses the Earth

    2002 MN, a 73-meter lump, was three times closer to Earth than the Moon. It was first discovered three days after its closest approach.

  • 1982 The Falklands War ends

    After 74 days of fighting, British troops captured the capital, Stanley, prompting the Argentine forces to surrender and return the islands to British control.

  • 1949 Albert II becomes the first monkey in space

    The rhesus monkey was one of several animals used for testing purposes before sending humans into space. Albert II survived his ascent to 134 km (83 mi) altitude but died on his return to Earth due to a parachute failure.

  • 1940 German troops occupy Paris

    The fall of Paris marked the end of Germany's attacks on the western front. In the Armistice of Compiègne, three-fifths of France was declared occupied.

  • 1919 Alcock and Brown take off for the first non-stop transatlantic flight

    The British aviators began their journey in St. John's, Newfoundland and reached Galway in Ireland less than 16 hours later. One month earlier, Albert Cushing Read flew across the Atlantic, but his flight included a stop in the Azores Islands.

Births On This Day – June 14

  • 1969 Steffi Graf

    German tennis player

  • 1961 Boy George

    English singer-songwriter, producer

  • 1950 Rowan Williams

    Welsh bishop, poet, theologian, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury

  • 1946 Donald Trump

    American businessman, 45th President of the United States

  • 1928 Che Guevara

    Argentine/Cuban physician, author, intellectual, diplomat, theorist

Deaths On This Day – June 14

  • 1986 Jorge Luis Borges

    Argentine writer

  • 1928 Emmeline Pankhurst

    British political activist, suffragette

  • 1920 Max Weber

    German economist, sociologist

  • 1886 Alexander Ostrovsky

    Russian playwright

  • 1662 Henry Vane the Younger

    English/American politician

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