14 November It Happened Today
1689 Death of Nell Gwynn, mistress of King Charles II of England.
1896 A new Highway Act declares that it is no longer necessary for a man with a red flag to walk ahead of motor vehicles. Speed limit also raised from 4 mph to 14 mph.
1900 Dr Karl Landsteiner of the Pathological and Anatomical Institute in Vienna, announces the discovery of three different blood groups.
1908 Birth of Joseph McCarthy, American senator who led Senate inquiry into alleged communists in the 1950’s.
1915 Death of Booker T Washington.
1918 Tomas Masaryk elected first president of Czechoslovakia.
1952 First pop chart published in Britain in New Musical Express.
1989 During a visit to Poland, the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl visits the site of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.