September 14 is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years). There are 108 days remaining.
1752 - The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping eleven days (September 2 was followed directly by September 14 this year)
1812 - Russian army burns Moscow to prevent Napoleon from capturing it
1812 - Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner
1847 - Winfield Scott captures Mexico City
1886 - Typewriter ribbon patented
1901 - Theodore Roosevelt becomes President of the United States.
1917 - Republican government declared in Russia
1923 - Miguel Primo de Rivera becomes dictator of Spain
1944 - United States Marines land on the island of Peleliu
1948 - Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City
1959 - The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it.
1960 - The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded.
1964 - The opening of the third period of Second Vatican Council
1965 - The opening of the fourth and final period of Second Vatican Council
1984 - Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1975 - The first Americann saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI
1999 - Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations.
2000 - Juan Antonio Samaranch leaves the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after 20 years.
2003 - Sweden rejects adopting the Euro in a referendum. (Results.)
2003 - Estonia approves joining the European Union in a referendum.
1547 - Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Dutch statesman († 1619)
1760 - Luigi Cherubini, composer († 1842)
1769 - Alexander von Humboldt, naturalist and explorer († 1859)
1849 - Ivan Pavlov, scientist († 1936)
1867 - Charles Dana Gibson, artist († 1944)
1879 - Margaret Sanger, birth control advocate († 1966)
1899 - Hal Wallis, film producer († 1986)
1909 - Peter Scott, naturalist, artist, and explorer († 1989)
1914 - Clayton Moore, actor († 1999)
1921 - Ruth Brooks Flippen, television writer († 1981)
1923 - Bud Palmer, sports reporter
1933 - Zoe Caldwell, actress
1933 - Harve Presnell, actor
1934 - Kate Millett, feminist writer
1936 - Walter Koenig, actor
1938 - Nicol Williamson, actor
1947 - Sam Neill, actor
1959 - Mary Frances, actress
1971 - Kimberly Williams, actress
1973 - Nas, rap music singer
258 - Cyprian, early Christian writer
891 - Pope Stephen V
1321 - Dante Alighieri, author
1638 - John Harvard, clergyman, namesake of Harvard College
1851 - James Fenimore Cooper, author
1852 - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British general and Prime Minister
1899 - Henry Bliss, first automobile fatality
1901 - United States President William McKinley
1927 - Isadora Duncan, dancer
1936 - Irving Thalberg, film producer
1960 - Sir Arthur Percy Morris Fleming, radar pioneer
1966 - Gertrude Berg, actress
1982 - Bashir Gemayel, President of Lebanon
1982 - Princess Grace of Monaco
1984 - Janet Gaynor, Academy Award winning actress
1996 - Juliet Prowse, actress, dancer
2000 - Beah Richards, actress
Eastern Orthodox Church Exaltation of the Cross, which commemorates the discovery of the (allegedly) original Christian cross in 326 by Helena, mother of Constantine.
In ancient Greece, the first day of the Eleusinian mysteries, during which the sacred objects were brought from Eleusis to Athens.
September 13 - September 15 - August 14 - October 14 - more historical anniversaries
See Also: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December