December 14

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on December 14, include:

  • Alabama Day - December 14 (Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd State on December 14, 1819)
  • Free Shipping Day - (With Participating Retailers) 
  • Gingerbread Decorating Day - December 14, 2024 (Second Saturday in December)
  • International Shareware Day - December 14, 2024 (Second Saturday in December)
  • Monkey Day 
  • National Bouillabaisse Day 
  • National Wreaths Across America Day - December 14, 2024 (Second Saturday in December)
  • Roast Chestnuts Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include December 14, are:

  • Advent - December 1 - 24, 2024
  • AKC National Championship - December 14-15, 2024
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025
  • Computer Science Education Week - December 8-14, 2024 (Always the week of December 9, Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper)
  • Human Rights Week - December 10-17
  • Lager Beer Week - December 8-14, 2024 (Second Week of December)
  • Tie One On For Safety Campaign - Runs November 28, 2024 through January 1, 2025 (Thanksgiving to New Year's Day)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include December 14, are:

  • There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our December Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of December.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for December 14 is Sagittarius.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for December are:

  • Holly/Narcissus - Sweetness, Self-Esteem, Vanity, The Sweetness of whoever receives it


The Birthstone(s) for December is:

  • Tanzanite
  • Zircon
  • Turquoise

Famous Birthdays

  • 1922 - Don Hewitt, American journalist and producer who created 60 Minutes (d. 2009)
  • 1943 - Emmett Tyrrell, American journalist, author and publisher who founded The American Spectator
  • 1946 - Patty Duke, American actress (Valley of the Dolls) (d. 2016)

Famous Deaths

  • 1799 - George Washington, American General and politician who became the 1st President of the United States (b. 1732)
  • 2013 - Janet Dailey, American author who has sold more than 300 million copies of her books worldwide (b. 1944)
  • 2013 - Peter O'Toole, British-Irish actor (Lawrence of Arabia) (b. 1932)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1780 - Founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton marries Elizabeth Schuyler 
  • 1997 - French film director Luc Besson marries Russian-American actress Milla Jovovich

Quote of the Day

Save Wild - Today December 14 is Monkey Day!

Today December 14 is Monkey Day!

Half the 262 species of monkeys in the world are threatened with extinction. Fifty-eight of the threatened species live in South and Central America, 46 in Asia and 26 in Africa. Of these, 24 monkeys are critically endangered, with an extremely high chance of soon becoming extinct in the wild. ~ From Most Endangered Monkeys by Liz Osborn

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
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This Day in History

  • 1287 - Over 50,000 people are killed when the Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses
  • 1542 - Princess Mary Stuart becomes Queen of Scots at the age of one week old on the death of her father, James V. of Scotland
  • 1814 - During the War of 1812, the Royal Navy seizes control of Lake Borgne, Louisiana
  • 1819 - Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. State
  • 1836 - The U.S. Congress's terms for admitting Michigan as a U.S. State are accepted
  • 1902 - The first Pacific telegraph cable from San Francisco to Honolulu is laid by the Commercial Pacific Cable Company
  • 1903 - In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer
  • 1911 - The first to reach the South Pole is Roald Amundsen and his team, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, and Oscar Wisting
  • 1918 - Women can vote for the first time in the 1918 United Kingdom General Election
  • 1939 - The League of Nations expels the Soviet Union for invading Finland
  • 1955 - Albania, Austria Bulgaria, Cambodia, Ceylon, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania and Spain all join the United Nations through the United Nations Security Council Resolution 109
  • 1994 - Construction starts on the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China
  • 1999 - Vargas, Venezuela has torrential rains that cash flash floods that kill thousands of people, destroy thousands of homes, and cause the complete collapse of the State's infrastructure
  • 2004 - The tallest bridge in the World, the Millau Viaduct is inaugurated near Millau, France
  • 2012 - Twenty-eight people, including the gunman are killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, in Sandy Hook, Connecticut
  • 2020 - A total solar eclipse is visible from southern South America, the South Atlantic Ocean, and parts of the South Pacific Ocean

This Day in Music

  • 1968 - Motown artis hold the top three spots on the Hot 100: 1) I Heard it Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gay 2) Love Child by The Supremes and 3) For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder
  • 1972 - Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts is certified Gold
  • 1974 - Lady is released by Styx
  • 1995 - During the TV special Sinatra: 80 Years My Way honoring Frank Sinatra, Little Richard, Bob Dyland and Bruce Springsteen are among the performers

This Day in Sports

  • 1901 - The first table tennis tournament is held at the London Royal Aquarium
  • 1953 - The Brooklyn Dogers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • 1982 - The LA Kings Marcel Dionne becomes that 9th NHLer to score 500 goals
  • 1997 - Phoenix Coyote winger Mike Gartner becomes the 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Pine (verb)

1. (Intransitive) To long, to yearn so much that it causes suffering.

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