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Michael Crichton wisely said, “If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.” In a bid to avoid being like that benighted leaf, below is a compilation of some of the significant events that took place in India and the world on 14 November.

Important Holidays / Observances

Children’s Day in India – It is a public holiday to commemorate India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who was very fond of children.

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Civic Day of the Colombian Woman – It is celebrated on the death anniversary of Policarpa Salavarrieta, a seamstress who contributed towards Colombian independence. 

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World Diabetes Day– 14 November is observed by the United Nations observes since 2006. It coincides with the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting who co-discovered Insulin alongside Charles Best. 


  • 1910 – Eugene Ely’s fixed-wing aircraft was the first one to take off from the deck of a ship in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1969 – Establishment of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi, India. It is currently one of the leading universities in liberal arts and applied sciences.
  • 1969 – Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the moon was launched.
  • 1973 – Princess Anne of Britain married a common citizen, Mark Philips.
  • 2008 – The first G-20 economic summit, a collection of the world’s largest economies opened in Washington, D.C.

Famous Birthdays on 14 November

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1650 – King William III of England, one of the most successful but least popular British monarchs was born.

1889 – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.

1943 – Aditya Vikram Birla, an Indian industrialist.

1948 – Charles Philip, Prince of Whales 

1971 – Adam Gilchrist, an Australian cricketer.

Films released on 14 November

2006 (UK) – Casino Royale, a James Bond movie premiered in London

2016 (USA) – Moana, a Walt Disney animated movie premiered in the USA

2019 (India) – Jhalki, an Indian drama film was released.


1991 – South Africa won their first One Day International(ODI) against India.

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Vanshika Yadav
She is currently studying English Literature from the Hansraj College, University of Delhi. Read her other writings at

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