14 January History

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  • 1236    -    Henry III marries Eleanor of Provence.
  • 1526    -    Francis of France, held captive by Charles V for a year, signs the Treaty of Madrid, giving up most of his claims in France and Italy.
  • 1797    -    Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy.
  • 1858    -    Emperor Napoleon and Empress Eugenie escape unhurt after an Italian assassin throws a bomb at their carriage as they travel to the Paris Opera.
  • 1864    -    Confederate President Jefferson Davis writes to General Joseph E. Johnson, observing that troops may need to be sent to Alabama or Mississippi.
  • 1911    -    The USS Arkansas, the largest U.S. battleship, is launched from the yards of the New York Shipbuilding Company.
  • 1915    -    The French abandon five miles of trenches to the Germans near Soissons.
  • 1916    -    British authorities seize German attaché Franz von Papen's financial records confirming espionage activities in the U.S.
  • 1917    -    A Provisional Parliament is established in Poland.
  • 1920    -    Berlin is placed under martial law as 40,000 radicals rush the Reichstag; 42 are dead and 105 are wounded.
  • 1942    -    President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders all aliens in the U.S. to register with the government.
  • 1943    -    Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Charles DeGaulle meet at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war.
  • 1943    -    Italian occupation authorities refuse to deport Jews living in their territories in France.
  • 1969    -    A blast on the U.S. carrier Enterprise in the Pacific results in 24 dead and 85 injured.
  • 1980    -    The United Nations votes 104-18 to deplore the Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.

  • 14 January Birthdays

  • 1730    -    William Whipple, signatory of Declaration of Independence.
  • 1741    -    Benedict Arnold, American colonial General turned traitor.
  • 1875    -    Dr. Albert Schweitzer, French theologian who set up a native hospital in French Equatorial Africa in 1913.
  • 1919    -    Andy Rooney, American humorist, author and television personality.
  • 1940    -    Julian Bond, civil rights leader and Georgia state senator.