What Happened On This Day – October 14
1994 Two Israelis and a Palestinian Share the Nobel Peace Prize
The Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister, Shimon Peres shared the Nobel Peace Prize, which is annually awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee based in Oslo, with the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Yasser Arafat. The Award was given out to the two parties for their efforts and work on the Oslo Accords, a series of agreements between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel. The Accords created the Palestinian Authority and made it the official governing body to interact with Israel on issues that effect the lives of Palestinians in Israel.
1984 Joseph Kittinger Starts on his Solo Gas Balloon Flight Across the Atlantic
4 days later, on September 18, Kittinger became the first person to traverse the Atlantic in a balloon called the Balloon of Peace. As a member of the US Armed Forces, Kittinger jumped from a height of 102,800 feet on August 16, 1960, becoming the first person in ever to jump from that height.
1947 First Human to Fly Faster than the Speed of Sound
American Air Force test pilot, Chuck Yeager, flew the Bell X-1, an experiment aircraft at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 ft. In doing so, he became the first person to break the sound barrier.
1926 Winnie-the-Pooh Makes his Literary Debut
The popular children’s book character was created by British author A.A. Milne and first appeared in a collection of short stories called Winnie-the-Pooh. Winnie, a teddy bear, lives in Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England. The book followed his adventures in the forest with his friends Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, and Eeyore.
1913 Senghenydd Colliery Disaster
In what is considered to be one of the worst mine disasters in recorded history, 440 people were killed when an explosion ripped through the Senghenydd coal mine in Wales.
Births On This Day,
American singer-songwriter, dancer, actor
1930 Mobutu Sese Seko
Congolese politician, President of Zaire
1906 Hannah Arendt
German/American theorist, philosopher
1644 William Penn
English businessman, founder of Pennsylvania
Deaths On This Day,
2012 Arlen Specter
1990 Leonard Bernstein
American conductor, pianist, composer
1977 Bing Crosby
American singer, actor
1959 Errol Flynn
1944 Erwin Rommel
German field marshal