14 June 1949 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rides a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 134 km (83 mi), thereby becoming the first monkey in space.
- The rhesus monkey was one of several animals used for testing purposes before sending humans into space.
- Albert II died on his return to Earth due to a parachute failure.
14 June 1967 – Kumar Mangalam Birla, who is an Indian billionaire industrialist, and the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, one of the largest conglomerates in India was born on this day in Kolkata.
- Birla became the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group in 1995, at the age of 28.
- During his tenure as chairman, the group’s annual turnover increased from US$3.33 Billion to US$48.3 billion.
- He is also the chancellor of the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, and the chairman of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
14 June 1996 – Udanta Singh Kumam ,an Indian professional football player, who plays primarily as a forward for the Indian national football team & Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC was born in Manipur.
- He started his career at the Tata Football Academy.
- He represented the state of Jharkhand during the 2011 National Games of India.
- He represented India during the Nike All Asia Camp in Australia.
- He was selected in the India U19 team in 2013 for the AFC U-19 Championship qualification.
- On 24 March 2016 – he had his senior debut in a qualifying match against Iran.
- On 1 June 2018, he scored his first goal in India’s 5–0 victory over Chinese Taipei.
14 June 2002 – Near-Earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon.
- 2002 MN, a 73-meter lump, was three times closer to Earth than the Moon.
- It was first discovered three days after its closest approach.
14 June 2005 – World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) was organised for the first time on this day, by a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
- World Blood Donor Day is one of 11 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). Other Global public health campaigns are:
- World Health Day
- World Chagas Disease Day
- World Tuberculosis Day
- World Immunization Week
- World Patient Safety Day
- World Malaria Day
- World No Tobacco Day
- World Hepatitis Day
- World Antimicrobial Awareness Week
- World AIDS Day.
- It is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner which is on June 14, 1868.
- Landsteiner was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the ABO blood group system.
- Theme for 2021 – ““Give blood and keep the world-beating,”