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On this day in history - September 14

What Happened On This Day – September 14

  • 2000 Microsoft Launches Windows ME

    The Millennium Edition was the last of the operating systems of the Windows 9x series.

  • 1985 The Golden Girls Make Their Television Debut

    The popular American sitcom about 4 single and older women living together in a Miami, Florida house ran for 6 seasons on NBC. The main characters in the show were played by Beatrice Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, each of whom won the Emmys for their acting in the show. The series also won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and 3 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series.

  • 1979 The Afghan President is assassinated

    Nur Muhammad Taraki had taken office less than a year ago when he was killed by gunfire at the behest of Hafizullah Amin. Amin took the seat of the president after the assassination and ruled for only 3 months before he was killed by the Soviets during Operation Storm-333.

  • 1959 First Man-Made Object Successfully Lands on the Moon

    Soviet space probe Luna 2 was also the first man-made spacecraft to land on any celestial object. It was launched on September 12, 1959, and lost communications with Earth as it impacted the Moon’s surface east of Mare Serenitatis near the Aristides, Archimedes, and Autolycus craters.

  • 1956 IBM 305 RAMAC is Released

    The 350 RAMAC was the first computer with a disk drive and was primarily targeted towards business that did real-time transactions. RAMAC stood for Random Access Method of Accounting and Control. The RAMAC 350, which was one of the last vacuum tube computers manufactured by IBM, was replaced by the IBM 1401 in the early 1960s.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 14

  • 1985 Aya Ueto

    Japanese actress, singer

  • 1983 Amy Winehouse

    English singer-songwriter

  • 1965 Dmitry Medvedev

    Russian politician, 3rd President of Russia

  • 1879 Margaret Sanger

    American activist

  • 1769 Alexander von Humboldt

    German geographer, explorer

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Deaths On This Day,
September 14

  • 1982 Grace Kelly

    American actress

  • 1936 Irving Thalberg

    American screenwriter, producer

  • 1901 William McKinley

    American politician, 25th President of the United States

  • 1852 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

    Irish/English field marshal, politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1836 Aaron Burr

    American politician, 3rd Vice President of the United States