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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.” Nobody wants to be anything like that benighted leaf, so this article contains a list of significant events that make 14 November truly historical. Are you ready to brush up on your history?

Important Holidays / Observances

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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.

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 – United Nations observes this day 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 to take off from a ship’s deck in Norfolk, Virginia.

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1969 – Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was established in New Delhi, India. It is currently one of the leading universities in liberal arts and applied sciences.

1969 – Apollo 12, the second crewed 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

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

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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