Which of these events took place on April 14? The Donner Party left for California, the Titanic hit an iceberg or the Space Shuttle completes its first test flight?


by / April 8, 2011

Answer: All of them. The Donner Party's ill-fated trip began today in 1846. The Titanic hit an iceberg today in 1912 (and would sink the following morning), and in 1981 the first fully assembled Space Shuttle, Colombia, completed its first test flight (an incomplete shuttle, the Enterprise, had previously been used for testing.) April 14 is the date of numerous other historic events as well, including: Noah Webster copyrighted his first dictionary in 1828; the first Pony Express rider reached Sacramento, Calif., from St. Joseph, Mo., in 1860; Abraham Lincoln was assasinated in 1865; the first movie theater opened in New York City in 1894; the first Volvo is introduced in Sweden in 1927; Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was first published in 1939; videotape was first demonstrated in Chicago in 1956; and the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003.

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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