On This Day In History, 14 October

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World Events Today

  • The Senghenydd colliery disaster in Wales occurred today in 1913, over 400 miners were killed in the explosion, making it the worst mining accident in the history of the United Kingdom
  • The first manned supersonic flight occurred today in 1947, it was by the United States Air Force officer Chuck Yeager in an aircraft nicknamed Glamorous Glennis
  • Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today in 1964

Entertainment Events Today

  • The original Winnie-the-Pooh book, written by A A Milne, was published today in 1926
  • The American reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired for the first time today in 2007

Family Events Today

  • Harry Rodger Webb, better known as the performer Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, who sold more than 250 million records worldwide, was born today in 1940 in India
  • Harry Lillis Crosby Jr., better known as the American singer and actor Bing Crosby, famous for the hit single White Christmas, died today in 1977 aged 74
  • Jean Mavis Hodgkinson, better known as the British television actress Jean Alexander, who played the role of Hilda Ogden in the soap opera Coronation Street for over 20 years, died today in 2016 aged 90

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of Hastings was fought today in 1066, the Norman army of William, the Duke of Normandy, defeated the English army of King Harold Godwinson, it was the beginning of the Norman conquest of England

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Dessert Day

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