List of October 14th Major News Events – The People History

List of October 14th Major News Events – The People History

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14 Oct, 1947 U.S.A. Chuck Yeager

1947 : Chuck Yeager a World War II fighter pilot ace becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound breaking the elusive “Sound Barrier.” His X-1 rocket plane was built by the Bell Aircraft Company, the X-1 was taken to an altitude of 25,000 feet by a B-29 bomber and released through the bomb bay to achieve a speed greater than the speed of sound.

14 Oct, 1947 U.S.A. Flying Boat

1947 : An old flying boat attempting to carry the largest number of passengers on a transatlantic flight (63 passengers) in a heavier than air aircraft has failed in its attempt and is stranded 800 miles from the Newfoundland coast in heavy seas and 25 ft – 75 ft waves.

14 Oct, 1952 U.S.A. Radar Traps

1952 : As the number of radar speed traps is increased complaints that small towns adjoining main highways are using the traps to provide additional revenue by targeting motorists could become even worse as they install the latest radar traps which take photographs of the cars number plate meaning the local Police do not even need to witness the offence for the town to issue a speeding ticket. A test case is currently underway in New York on the legality of these new radar traps.

14 Oct, 1954 U.S.A. Hurricane Hazel

1954 : Hurricane Hazel makes landfall at Haiti leaving three towns totally destroyed and more than 1,000 dead in its wake. From there it moved on to make landfall in North Carolina on October 15 as a Category 4 hurricane (19 dead) and then to Toronto, Ontario (81 dead). It is considered one of the worst hurricanes of the 20th century. This was the third hurricane to hit the United States in 1954 and by far the worst.

14 Oct, 1962 Cuba U2 Spy Plane

1962 : Photographs taken by a high-altitude U2 spy plane show Soviet made medium range missiles in Cuba capable of carrying nuclear warheads just 90 miles from the American coastline. This news would bring the United States and the Soviet Union to the closest point to nuclear war in history.

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14 Oct, 1964 U.S.A. Martin Luther King, Jr

1964 : Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America.

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14 Oct, 1964 Soviet Union Khrushchev

1964 : Nikita Khrushchev is ousted from power by Leonid Brezhnev after 10 years.

14 Oct, 1966 Holland Cabinet Resigns

1966 : The Dutch premier and all his cabinet were forced to resign when his own party members put a censure motion on his financial policy which passed through the 150 member lower house of parliament.

14 Oct, 1966 Canada Montreal Metro

1966 : The Montreal Metro a mass transportation system is inaugurated in Montreal consisting of 26 stations on three separate lines serving the north, east, and center of the Island of Montreal. The Montreal Metro was the first completely rubber-tyred metro system which uses exclusively rubber tires instead of steel wheels. (Parts of Paris Metro were rubber tyred)

14 Oct, 1967 Joan Baez Arrested

1967 : Folk singer Joan Baez is arrested in Oakland, California with at least 40 other anti-war protesters for taking part in a sit-in at the military induction center. She was given a ten day sentence, one of many sentences she received during her years of protest at the Vietnam War.

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