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On This Day - October 14th

This October 14th, take time away from the goblins and ghouls and learn more about what makes this date so very special to so many people around the world! Here are some of the most interesting things to know about October 14th – and if it’s already a special day for you in any way, many happy returns.

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battle of hastings

The Battle of Hastings took place

Many of us remember the year of the Battle of Hastings, but it was actually October 14th when William, the Duke of Normandy, led a successful skirmish against King Harold II, who lost his life in the conflict. William became King, and the rest is, well, history!

Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots went to trial.

In 1586, the infamous Mary Queen of Scots was put on trial for conspiracies made against Queen Elizabeth. She was ceremoniously killed for her crimes in 1587.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was rewarded.

In 1964, celebrated civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was officially announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He remains a symbol of hope and peace for people all over the world to this day.

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel was given the same award!

In 1986, Auschwitz survivor Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He earned the prize for his efforts to ensure the Holocaust and all its tragedies were remembered – and, to this day, millions of us around the world look back and remember the atrocities that took place during the Second World War.

Facts of Somalia

Terrorists hit Mogadishu.

In 2017, a terrorist bomb attack hit a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia. About 300 people died from the attack, and hundreds more were injured.

Special Days Falling on October 14th

If you would like to mark this October 14th, why not join in some of the festivities taking place around the world today? Here are some of the most important events taking place today.
Georgia facts

Day of Svetitskovloba

In the nation of Georgia, October 14th is the Day of Svetitskovloba. The day exists to celebrate the construction of the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, the very first Christian church in Georgia! It’s an extremely important occasion for Christians across the nation, and is marked with solemn celebration.

Facts of Moldova

Chisinau City Day

In Moldova, October 14th is Chisinau City Day! The people of Moldova come together to celebrate the anniversary of the city of Chisinau. Celebrations include an open-air musical at the Great National Assembly Square, fireworks, and people celebrating all over the nation. As it is a public holiday, they have every reason to celebrate – no work for Moldovans!

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Day of the Defender

Every October 14th is the Day of the Defender in Ukraine. The day exists to honour and celebrate the traditions of the Ukrainian people, as well as the courage and strength of those who fought for Ukraine’s independence. Today, this special day means even more as the people of Ukraine continue to fight for their freedom.

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