April 14th

2010
An explosion in the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland results in a volcanic ash plume in the atmosphere over northern and central Europe. Air travel in the region is halted for several days.
2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull
2003
Abu Abbas, the leader of the terrorist group Palestine Liberation Front when the group hijacked the liner Achille Lauro, was captured by U.S. forces in Iraq.
Achille Lauro hijacking
2002
Hugo Chávez returned as president of Venezuela after being forced out of office two days previously.
2002 Venezuelan coup d'état attempt
1988
The Soviet Union agrees to withdraw from Afghanistan. Soviet troups had invaded the country in 1979 to support the communist rulers. They were defeated primarily by the Mujahideen, who were groups of militant Islamists sponsored by the CIA.
Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan
1986
The heaviest hailstones ever recorded hit Bangladesh. The lumps of ice weighed about 1 kg (2.2 lb). At total of 92 people reportedly died as a result.
Hail
1981
1st Space Shuttle, Columbia 1, returns to Earth.
STS-1
1969
In a record breaking night at the Academy Awards, a tie between Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand resulted in the two sharing the the Best Actress Oscar and Hepburn broke the record as the only actress to win three Best Actress Oscars.
Katharine Hepburn
1912
Doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The subsequent sinking of the world's largest ocean liner of the time resulted in more than 1500 deaths. It was one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters in history.
RMS Titanic
1903
Dr Harry Plotz discovers vaccine against typhoid (NYC).
1894
1st public showing of Thomas Edison's kinetoscope (moving pictures).
Kinetoscope
1865
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, wanted to revive the Confederate cause, mere days after their surrender to the Union Army, bringing the American Civil War to an end. Lincoln died the next day.
Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
1860
The first pony express rider reached his destination of San Francisco. He left St. Joseph, Mo., on April 3.
Pony Express
1828
Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.
Webster's Dictionary
1775
Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society.
Pennsylvania Abolition Society