1828 – The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary was published under the name “American Dictionary of the English Language.”
1860 – The first Pony Express rider arrived in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, MO .
1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theater by John Wilkes Booth. He actually died early the next morning.
1902 – James Cash (J.C.) Penney opened his first retail store in Kemmerer, WY . It was called the Golden Rule Store.
1912 – The Atlantic passenger liner Titanic , on its maiden voyage hit an iceberg and began to sink. 1,517 people lost their lives and more than 700 survived.
1925 – WGN became the first radio station to broadcast a regular season major league baseball game. The Cubs beat the Pirates 8-2.
1931 – King Alfonso XIII of Spain went into exile and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
1939 – The John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published.
1946 – The civil war between Communists and nationalist resumed in China.
1956 – Ampex Corporation of Redwood City, CA , demonstrated the first commercial magnetic tape recorder for sound and picture.
1963, The Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of the Beatles were in the audience. The name of the club derived from Bo Diddley’s 1960 song ‘Doing the Craw-Daddy’, which The Rolling Stones regularly performed as part of their set. In turn the club would inspire the name of the American music magazine Crawdaddy! The Beatles met the Rolling Stones after a Stones concert in Richmond, England.
1967 – The Bee Gees released their first English single. It was “New York Mining Disaster 1941.”
1967 – David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word “gnome”. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different to his material at the time, the single made No. 6 in the UK charts.
1969 – For the first time, a major league baseball game was played in Montreal, Canada.
1973 – Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Houses Of The Holy also a No.1 in the US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot.
1974 – Rapper DaBrat was born. Her real name: Shawntae Harris
1976 – Motown Records and Stevie Wonder held a news conference to announce he had signed a “$13 million-plus” contract with the label.
1981 – America’s first space shuttle, Columbia , returned to Earth after a three-day test flight. The shuttle orbited the Earth 36 times during the mission.
1990, Madonna scored her seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Vogue’, also a US No.1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy).
1999 – It was reported that Prince intended to re-record the entire catalog of his music and re-release it.
2000 – Allison LaVoie published a research by Saatchi and Teen’s people magazine on the Media Influence of advertising on Teens perception of the perfect body image as regards eating disorders. In the survey Teen People magazine inferred that 27% of the girls felt that the media pressures them to have a perfect body, and a poll conducted in 1996 by the international ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi found that ads made women fear being unattractive or old
2001, Sean Puffy Combs, (P. Diddy), was arrested in Miami for riding a scooter in South Beach on a suspended driver’s license. He was released 20 minutes later after signing a promise to appear in court.
2002, Ashanti started a ten week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Foolish’ and on the same day started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with her self-titled album.
2002 – U.S. President George W. Bush sent a letter of congratulations to JCPenny’s associates for being in business for 100 years. James Cash (J.C.) Penney had opened his first retail store on April 14, 1902.
2013, Justin Bieber caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.