Today In History, 14 December: What Happened On This Day

What happened today in history (14 December): The birth of Raj Kapoor B.K.S. Iyengar, discovery of the south pole, death of Peter O’Toole, Sandy Hook shooting, premiere of Star Wars: Episode VII, and more.
This day in history (14 Dec): Birthday of Raj Kapoor & B.K.S Iyengar
This day in history (14 Dec): Birthday of Raj Kapoor & B.K.S Iyengar

Today in History: 2023 is almost here. Just a few days are left before this year ends and another wonderful year arrives. Today is 14 December. Although it appears to be another ordinary winter day, December 14 holds a major place in world history. Many pivotal events occurred on this day (14 Dec).

From the birth of the founder of modern yoga and the demise of one of the greatest actors of all time to the discovery of the south pole and one of the deadliest mass shootings ever, December 14 is an important day in history.

Dive in to know what happened on this day (Dec. 14) in the fields of sports, politics, art, famous birthdays, and deaths.

Historical Events on This day

  • In 1542, Princess Mary Stuart succeeded her father, James V, at only 6 days old, becoming the famous Mary Queen of Scots.
  • In 1812, the catastrophic French invasion of Russia led by Napoleon Bonaparte officially ended with the French army’s retreat. The invasion took the lives of nearly a million soldiers.
  • In 1900, Max Planck presented the theoretical derivation of his black-body radiation law (quantum theory) at the physics society in Berlin, resulting in the birth of Quantum Physics.
  • In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first person to reach the South Pole.
  • In 1939, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations for invading Finland.
  • In 1995, the leaders of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia signed the Dayton Accords in Paris, ending the three-year Bosnian War.
  • In 2012, one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza killed 28 people, including 20 kids between the ages of six and seven.

Sports Events Today

  • In 1920, American boxing legend and heavy-hitter Jack Dempsey knocked out Bill Brennan in round 12 for the heavyweight boxing title in New York City.
  • In 1974, West Indies cricket legend Viv Richards scored his first test century in a match against India.

Music and Cinema Events Today

  • In 1979, British punk rock band The Clash released its breakthrough album, London Calling.
  • In 1993, the AIDS-themed drama film Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, premiered. Hanks won an Oscar for his performance.
  • In 2015, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first Star Wars movie in three decades, premiered in Los Angeles, USA.
  • In 2017, the Walt Disney Company acquired most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.

Important Days 

  • National Energy Conservation Day
  • International Monkey Day

Notable Deaths On This Day

Sr No

Death Year




George Washington, American general and commander in chief of the armies in the American Revolution (1775-83). He became the first president of the United States in 1789.



John Harvey Kellogg, American physician and nutritionist who developed the popular dry breakfast corn flakes cereals and founded the Kelloggs brand.



Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights who won the Nobel Peace prize in 1975



Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, American mobster and enforcer who reportedly killed the Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa



Peter O’Toole, Irish actor known for his versatility, which he displayed in films like Lawrence of Arabia and Becket.

Famous Birthdays On This Day

Sr No

Birth Year




Nostradamus, French astrologer, physician, and seer known for his book Les Propheties, which predicted several future events



George VI, the king of the UK after the shock abdication by his brother Edward VIII.



Shirley Jackson, American author and novelist known for her works of horror and mystery like The Haunting of Hill House



B.K.S. Iyengar, Indian teacher and a pioneer of Yoga and Indian spirituality. Iyengar founded the style of yoga as exercise and it’s often called the “Iyengar Yoga.”



Raj Kapoor, Indian actor and filmmaker who is considered one of the greatest and most influential people in Hindi cinema. He starred in films Shree 420 and Awaara.



Shyam Benegal, Indian filmmaker known for his unconventional and groundbreaking films in Hindi cinema like Ankur and Mammo



Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician and son of the first female Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi



Rana Daggubati, Indian actor and producer known for starring in Hindi and Telugu films like Baby and Baahubali: The Beginning



Andrew Tate, controversial kickboxer turned internet personality known for his vile and misogynistic views



Vanessa Hudgens, American singer and actress known for her roles in Disney’s High School Musical

Also Read: Today in History (12 December)

Also Read: Today in History (13 December)


What happened today in history (14 December)?

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in the US happened on this day (14 Dec.) in 2012.

Which famous personality was born on this day, 14 December?

Raj Kapoor, one of the greatest and most influential Indian actors, and B.K.S, Iyengar, the founder of modern Yoga were born today.

What major events happened on 14 December in cinema?

The highly anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and the Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington collaboration Philadelphia premiered on 14 December.
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