14 May in Indian and World History

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14 May in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 14 May is the birth anniversary of Sambhaji Bhosale, Mark Zuckerberg, Zareen Khan, and Rob Gronkowski.

14 May is also observed as the death anniversary of N.G. Chandavarkar, Swami Atmananda, and Asghar Ali Engineer.

Birth Anniversary on 14 May

14 May in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:

Sambhaji Bhosale (14 May 1657 – 11 March 1689), the second Chhatrapati of the Maratha empire, who ruled from 1681 to 1689. He was the eldest son of Shivaji, founder of Marathas. Sambhaji’s ruled was largely shaped by the ongoing wars between the Maratha kingdom and Mughal Empire as well as other neighbouring powers such as the Siddis, Mysore and the Portuguese in Goa. He was born on 14 May 1657, Purander Fort, Pune, India.

Mark Zuckerberg, an American computer programmer who was cofounder and CEO of Facebook, a social networking Web site. Time magazine has named Zuckerberg among the 100 most influential people in the world as a part of its Person of the Year award. In December 2016, Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on the Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People. He was born in 14 May 1984, White Plains, New York, U.S.

Zareen Khan, also known as Zarine Khan. an Indian actress and model who mainly works in the Hindi film industry, though has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi films. She made her screen debut with a leading role in the 2010 Anil Sharma’s period film Veer co-starring with Salman Khan for which she was nominated for the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut. She was born on 14 May 1987, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Rob Gronkowski nicknamed “Gronk“. an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.  He previously played nine seasons for the New England Patriots. He was born on 14 May 1989, in Amherst, New York.

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Death Anniversary on 14 May

14 May in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:

N.G. Chandavarkar (2 December 1855 – 14 May 1923) an early Indian National Congress politician and Hindu reformer. He was regarded by some as the “leading Hindu reformer of western India’’. He died on 14 May 1923.

Swami Atmananda (8 December 1883 – 14 May 1959), also referred to as Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, an Indian sage, guru, and philosopher. He has been described by scholars as a “neo-Hindu’’. His teachings have become a foundation for a spiritual method called the Direct Path. He died on 14 May 1959, in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Asghar Ali Engineer (10 March 1939 – 14 May 2014), an Indian reformist-writer and social activist. He also served as head of the Indian Institute of Islamic Studies Mumbai, and the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, both of which he founded in 1980 and 1993, respectively. His autobiography “A Living Faith: My Quest for Peace, Harmony and Social Change’’ was released in New Delhi on 20 July 2011 by Hamid Ansari, the then Vice-President of India. He died on 14 May 2014 in Santacruz, Mumbai, India.

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Notable events on 14 May in Indian and World History

Some of the Notable events on 14 May in World History are mentioned below:

14 May 1483 – Coronation of Charles VIII of France.

14 May 1767 – British government disbands America’s import duty on tea.

14 May 1811 – Paraguay became an independent nation.

14 May 1847Fanny Hensel a visionary composer and pianist of the Romantic era – died.

14 May 1905 – Antonio Berni – Argentine, figurative artist – was born.

14 May 1931 – Mahatma Gandhi the leader of the Indian Nationalist movement has agreed to talks with Britain in London to discuss more independence from Britain in return for stopping the current boycott on foreign goods in India.

14 May 1963 – Kuwait is admitted to the United Nations.

14 May 1995–  Christian B. Anfinsen, an American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate, died.

14 May 2006 – Robert Bruce Merrifield, an American biochemist, and Nobel Prize Laureate died.

14 May Historical Significance

May 14th is a day marked by numerous significant historical events. On this day in 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America was established at Jamestown, Virginia. In 1610, King Henry IV of France was assassinated, leading to the ascension of Louis XIII to the throne. The year 1796 saw the administration of the first smallpox inoculation by Edward Jenner, a landmark moment in medical history. Additionally, May 14th, 1811, is celebrated as the day Paraguay gained independence from Spain. These events, among others, reflect the diverse and impactful moments that have shaped our world throughout history, from political shifts to scientific breakthroughs. May 14th serves as a reminder of the rich tapestry of human history and the enduring legacy of these pivotal moments.

Important Days of 14 May in History

Some of the Notable events on 14 May in History are mentioned below:

  • The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign aimed at highlighting the importance of conserving migratory birds and their habitats. This program has a global reach and is an effective tool for raising global awareness about the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
  • Paraguay National Day, also known as Independence Day, is a public holiday in Paraguay that is celebrated annually on May 14th. It marks the country’s independence from Spanish colonial rule, which occurred on 14 May 1811.
  • International Chihuahua Appreciation Day: Celebrated by Chihuahua enthusiasts globally.
  • National Dance Like A Chicken Day (United States): A fun day where participants do the “Chicken Dance.”
  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day (United States): Honors the Southern United States culinary tradition of soft, flaky biscuits.
  • World Migratory Bird Day: Observed globally to raise awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
  • Stars and Stripes Forever Day (United States): Commemorates the national march of the United States, written by John Philip Sousa.
  • Windmill Day: Celebrated in regions with a historical connection to windmills, recognizing their contribution to early industrialization.
  • Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day (United States): The largest one-day food drive in the United States, organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
  • National Train Day (United States): A day to celebrate the history and future of trains and rail travel in the United States.
  • American Indian Day (United States): Recognizes the culture, traditions, and history of Native Americans.


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