Hurray to me! Today I’m celebrating my 31st birthday. Last year I only made a list of things that were older than me. Today I’ll be exploring important events that happened on August 14.
582: Tiberius II Constantinus, Byzantine Emperor, dies, presumably by (food) poisoning.
1040: King Duncan I of Scotland dies in a battle near Elgin against future King of Scotland Macbeth.
1183: Japanese Emperor Antoku and the “Three Sacred Treasures” of Japan are taken by the Taira clan.
1433: Death of King João I of Portugal.
1457: The Mainz Psalter is printed. This is the oldest known exactly dated printed book.
1642: Batavia, Netherlands Indies: Abel Tasman embarks on a journey that will lead to the discovery of Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. The latter, named after him, was originally called Van Diemensland, named after one of the main financers of the expedition. Also the birthday of Cosimo III de Medici.
1688: Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia is born.
1880: After over 600 years, the Cologne Cathedral is finished.
1916: Romania declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1945: Japan capitulates. World War II ends.
1947: Pakistan becomes an independant nation.
1954: First professional footbal match in the Netherlands. Alkmaar ‘54 defeats Sportclub Venlo 3-0.
1971: Bahrain becomes an independant nation.
1974: Turkey invades Cyprus for the 2nd time.
1983: I am born. Also Mila Kunis. Apparently I am not the only handsome person of my day…