Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 14 January, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 14 JANUARY

2011 | Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled his country to Saudi Arabia after a series of street protests against his rule and bad policies, calling for freedom, justice, and democracy, which is considered the anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution and the birth of the Arab Spring.

2004 | The national flag of the Republic of Georgia, known as the “five cross flag”, was officially restored after almost 500 years of standing.

1993 | In the worst maritime disaster of peace in Poland, the ferry MS Jan Heweliusz sank off the coast of Rügen on this day, drowning 55 passengers and crew;  nine workers were rescued.

1972 | Queen Margrethe II of Denmark ascends the throne after the death of her father, Frederick IX, the first Danish queen since 1412 and the first Danish monarch who was not named Frederick or Christian since 1513.

1960 | The Central Bank of Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia, and the issuing authority of banknotes were established on this day.

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ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2012 | Spanish linguist and politician, Txillardegi, 83.

2005 | Canadian-American author, Charlotte MacLeod, 83.

1978 | American actress, Blossom Rock, 83.

2005 | British painter and educator, Conroy Maddox, 93.

2018 | French Guianan-English footballer, Cyrille Regis, 60.

BIRTHDAYS 

1990 | American actor and singer, Grant Gustin.

1984 | American baseball player, Mike Pelfrey.

1952 | Romanian engineer and politician, 60th Prime Minister of Romania, CĿlin Popescu-TĿriceanu.

1948 | Yamtuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Muhriz of Negeri Sembilan.

1959 | German-American musician, Geoff Tate.

SPORTS

1933 | On this day one of the biggest shocking events in FA Cup history, Walsall beat Arsenal 2-0 in the Third Round Match. At that time Arsenal were the top dogs in England winning five League titles and two FA Cups in the 1930s while Walsall was in Third Division. 

2021 | The film directed by Pedro Antônio named Get the Grift” was released in Brazil on this day for the first time.

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