History of 14 September
1940 – The Selective Service Act was passed by the U.S. Congress providing the first peacetime draft in the United States.
1948 – In New York, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at the site of the United Nations’ world headquarters.
1959 – Luna II, a Soviet space probe, became the first man-made object on the moon when it crashed on the surface.
1960 – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded. The core members were Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.
1963 – Mary Ann Fischer gave birth to America’s first surviving quintuplets.
1965 – “My Mother The Car” premiered on NBC TV. The series was canceled after only a few weeks after the debut.
1972 – “The Waltons” premiered on CBS-TV.
1975 – Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born saint.
1978 – “Mork & Mindy” premiered on ABC-TV.
1983 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 416-0 in a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for the shooting down of a Korean jet on September 1.
1984 – Joe Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1987 – Tony Magnuson cleared 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp and set a new skateboard high jump record.
1989 – Joseph T. Wesbecker shot and killed eight people and wounded twelve others at a printing plant in Louisville, KY. Wesbecker, 47 years old, was on disability for mental illness. He took his own life after the incident.
1994 – It was announced that the season was over for the National Baseball League on the 34th day of the players strike. The final days of the regular season were canceled.
1998 – Jaime Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 – Israel announced that they had successfully tested its Arrow-2 missile defense system. The system successfully destroyed a simulated target.
1999 – Disney World closed down for the first time in its 28-year history. The closure was due to Hurricane Floyd heading for Florida.
Disney movies, music, and books
1999 – It was announced that “US” magazine would change from monthly to weekly and change its name to “USWeekly.”
2001 – Nintendo released the GameCube home video game console in Japan.
2001 – The FBI released the names of the 19 suspected hijackers that had taken part in the September 11 terror attacks on the U.S.
2009 – Greyhound UK began operations as an hourly service between London and Portsmouth or Southampton.
2015 – In Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors detected gravitational waves for the first time. The news was reported on February 11, 2016.
2019 – Yemen’s Houthi rebels claim responsibility for an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Miyavi, Japanese singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
- 1981 – Katie Lee, American chef, author, and critic
- 1981 – Stefan Reisinger, German footballer
- 1981 – Yumi Adachi, Japanese actress, and singer
- 1982 – SoShy, French-American singer-songwriter
- 1982 – Petr Prucha, Czech ice hockey player
- 1983 – Arash Borhani, Iranian footballer
- 1983 – Josh Outman, American baseball player
- 1983 – Frostee Rucker, American football player
- 1983 – Amy Winehouse, English singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
- 1984 – Ayushmann Khurrana, Indian film actor, singer and anchor
- 1985 – Paolo Gregoletto, American bass player and songwriter
- 1985 – Trevis Smith, American football player
- 1985 – Aya Ueto, Japanese actress, and singer
- 1985 – Delmon Young, American baseball player
- 1986 – Jonathan Monaghan, American director, producer, and screenwriter
- 1986 – Steven Naismith, Scottish footballer
- 1986 – Barış Ozbek, German-Turkish footballer
- 1986 – Alan Sheehan, Irish footballer
- 1986 – Ai Takahashi, Japanese singer, and actress
- 1987 – Michael Crabtree, American football player
- 1987 – Tinchy Stryder, Ghanaian-English rapper and producer
- 1988 – Martin Fourcade, French biathlete
- 1988 – Diogo Salomao, Portuguese footballer
- 1989 – Jessica Brown Findlay, English actress
- 1989 – Tony Finau, American golfer
- 1989 – Logan Henderson, American singer-songwriter
- 1989 – Jesse James, American actor
- 1989 – Lee Jong-suk, South Korean actor and model
- 1990 – Douglas Costa, Brazilian footballer
- 1990 – Petar Filipovic, German-born Croatian footballer
- 1990 – Belinda Hocking, Australian backstroke swimmer
- 1990 – Cecilie Pedersen, Norwegian footballer
- 1991 – Dee Milliner, American football player
- 1991 – Nana, South Korean singer, actress, and model
- 1991 – Shayne Topp, American actor, and Smosh cast member
- 1992 – Connor Fields, American cyclist
- 1992 – Zico, South Korean rapper
- 1993 – Brandon Brown, American race car driver
- 1994 – Brahim Darri, Dutch footballer
- 1994 – Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Finnish professional football central defender
- 1994 – Krasimir Stanoev, Bulgarian footballer
- 1995 – Deshaun Watson, American football player
- 1996 – Hugh Bernard, English cricketer
- 1996 – Myles Wright, English professional footballer