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On this day in history - March 14

What Happened On This Day – March 14

  • 1991 The Birmingham Six are released

    The 6 men had been wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 for the IRA Birmingham pub bombings.

  • 1979 Factory Plane Crash in China

    At least 200 people are killed when a plane crashes into a factory in China. According to some sources, the plane had previously been stolen by the pilot who was not qualified to fly it.

  • 1960 The leaders of Germany and Israel confer for the first time

    15 years after the end of World War II, West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion met at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

  • 1942 For the first time in history, a dying patient's life is saved by penicillin

    Although some claim that the pioneering trials at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, England resulted in the first cures using penicillin, Orvan Hess and John Bumstead are generally credited with the first documented successful treatment.

  • 1910 The Lakeview Gusher causes the largest accidental oil spill in history

    The spill lasted 18 months and 9 million barrels of crude oil were released.

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Births On This Day,
March 14

  • 1933 Michael Caine

    English actor, author

  • 1879 Albert Einstein

    German/American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1854 Alexandru Macedonski

    Romanian author, poet

  • 1854 Paul Ehrlich

    German physician, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1681 Georg Philipp Telemann

    German composer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 14

  • 2014 Tony Benn

    English politician

  • 1980 Mohammad Hatta

    Indonesian politician, 1st Vice President of Indonesia

  • 1883 Karl Marx

    German philosopher

  • 1823 John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent

    English Admiral

  • 1803 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock

    German poet