October 14 in Pop Culture History

October 14th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 14th History Highlights

  • 1066 – The Battle of Hastings – Normany forces defeated the Anglo-Saxons.
  • 1888 – Louis Le Prince filmed the first motion picture, Roundhay Garden Scene.
  • 1947 – Flying a Bell X-1, pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the first supersonic flight.
  • 1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 2012 – Felix Baumgartner jumped from a helium balloon 24 miles up, falling for 9 minutes, and reaching a speed of 844 miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier before he landed safely with his parachute.
  • If you were born on October 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 21st (same year)

Chuck Yeager’s Supersonic Flight

The Bell X-1 was the first piloted aircraft to fly faster than the speed of sound (700MPH). Under the flight of USAF Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager, it shot to supersonic speeds of 2,500 km / h (1,000 miles per hour) in a matter of minutes. In 1941 he joined the Army Air Corps and gained a good reputation as a fighter pilot during the Second World War. After graduating from Flight Performance School, the young pilot was selected to test the first Bell X-1 fighter jet, a plane called Glamorous Glennis.

Yeager’s X-1, codenamed named Glamorous Glennis, after his wife, is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Yeager broke the sound barrier again on January 6, 1950, flying an F-15D Eagle at a distance of 1,500 miles at an average speed of 5,000 miles per hour. He did this in the same year when he flew a Bell X-1 with a B-29 bomber as a pilot for the first time in his career. On January 7, 1951, he also set a speed record by flying the fastest flight in a single-engine plane (46 – 062) at 3,800 feet in less than two hours.

October 14th is…

Ada Lovelace Day
Be Bald and Be Free Day
Dessert Day
Chocolate Covered Insects Day

October 14th Birthday Quotes

“Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”
– William Penn

“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.”
– e.e. cummings

“Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Success is all about having the confidence to shoot for something even if it seems impossible.”
– Usher

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.”
– C. Everett Koop

“For me, style is about quality, integrity, and timelessness. It is free of trends but always feels fresh and new.”
– Ralph Lauren

October 14th Birthdays

1644 – William Penn, an English businessman who founded Pennsylvania (died in 1718)
1890 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, American general and politician, 34th President of the United States (died in 1969)
1893 – Lillian Gish, American actress (died in 1993)
1894 – E.E. Cummings, American poet, and playwright (died in 1962)
1916 – C. Everett Koop, American admiral and surgeon, 13th United States Surgeon General (died in 2013)
1927 – Roger Moore, English actor, James Bond #4 (died in 2017)
1939 – Ralph Lauren, American fashion designer, founded the Ralph Lauren Corporation
1940 – Cliff Richard, Indian-English singer-songwriter
1947 – Nikolai Volkoff, Croatian-American wrestler (died in 2018
1952 – Harry Anderson, American actor (died in 2018)
1958 – Thomas Dolby, English singer-songwriter
1963 – Lori Petty, American actress
1974 – Natalie Maines, American singer-songwriter, Dixie Chicks
1978 – Usher, American singer-songwriter
1979 – Stacy Keibler, American wrestler, and actress

October 14th History

1881 – Eyemouth Windstorm Disaster, Scotland

1908 – The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-0, winning the World Series.

1912 – Former President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank. With the fresh wound and bullet in his chest, Roosevelt still gave his scheduled speech.

1926 – The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was first published.

1947 – Captain Chuck Yeager flew a Bell X-1 rocket-powered (and experimental) aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound over the high desert of Southern California.

Broadway Show – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Musical) October 14, 1961

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began when an American reconnaissance aircraft takes photographs of Soviet ballistic missiles being installed in Cuba.

1964 – Martin Luther King, Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for striving to end racial inequality through non-violence.

October 14, 1970 Birthday (fictional) Liz Lemon, 30 Rock, TV

1972 – #1 Hit October 14, 1972 – October 20, 1972: Michael Jackson – Ben

1972 – Kung Fu premiered on ABC

1982 – President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the War on Drugs.

1994 – Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords.

October 14, 1999 – Mark Harmon said the phrase “sh*t happens” on NBC’s Chicago Hope.

2000 – #1 Hit October 14, 2000 – November 10, 2000: Christina Aguilera – Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)

2003 – The ‘Steve Bartman Incident’ occurred during a Major League Baseball (MLB) in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series game played between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins. Chicago lost.

October 14, 2005 – Twitches aired on The Disney Channel

2007Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on E!

October 14, 2011 – Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S were released

October 14, 2489 Birthday (fictional) Inara Serra, Firefly, TV

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

The next time “Sweet Caroline” starts playing, I’m gonna pretend I’ve never heard it before. And watch people lose their minds.

“This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.” #moviequotes

“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’.

“Ask not what your country can do for you …” – John F. Kennedy

The most common title for a document/file is Untitled.

The letter b in “subtle” is a super subtle letter.

Marilyn Monroe – Real Name: Norma Jeane Mortenson

Scorpios are far too shrewd and skeptical to trust in something so flaky like astrology.

“Although.. I .have developed a greater appreciation for the female version of the human anatomy… ARROOOO!” – Howard the Duck #moviequotes

When you yawn and stretch at the time, you are “pandiculating.”

In 1934, future president Gerald Ford threatened to quit his college football team unless his black teammate was allowed to play in a game against Georgia Tech.

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