This Day In History – May 14th


This Day In History – May 14th

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Each day of the week we look in the rearview mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 14th in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

1607 – Jamestown, Virginia was settled as an English colony
1610 – Catholic zealot François Ravaillac assassinated Henry IV of France, Louis XIII ascended to the throne
1643 – Four-year-old Louis XIV became King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII
1796 – The first smallpox inoculation is administered by Edward Jenner
1800 – The 6th United States Congress decided to move the Government from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.
1804 – The Lewis and Clark expedition of the Missouri River began
1870 – The first rugby game took place in New Zealand
1874 – The first college football game to charge admission happened between McGill University and Harvard in Cambridge, MA
1878 – Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough
1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States began
1879 – Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe
1897 – “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time

1897 – Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph
1913 – Governor of New York William Sulzer approved the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which began its operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller
1925 – Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway was published
1935 – The Philippines ratified an independence agreement
1939 – Lina Medina became the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five
1940 – The Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany
1942 – The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established
1948 – Israel became an independent state and was immediately attacked by neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab–Israeli War.
1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed
1961 – A group of white racists attacked a Freedom Riders bus in Alabama before fire-bombing it and attacking the civil rights protesters who fled the burning vehicle
1967 – Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run
1969 – Jacqueline Susann’s second novel, “The Love Machine,” was published by Simon and Schuster.
1973 – Skylab was launched

1980 – The Department of Health and Human Services was formed
1985 – The first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum in Des Plaines, Illinois
1998 – After 9 seasons, “Seinfeld” on NBC broadcast its last episode

1936 – Bobby Darin, passed in 1973
1942 – Tony Pérez, won a few World Series with the Cincinnati Reds
1942 – Malise Ruthven, Irish author and academic
1944 – George Lucas
1948 – Meg Foster
1951 – Season Hubley
1952 – Robert Zemeckis
1952 – David Byrne
1953 – Tom Cochrane
1961 – Tim Roth 1961
1962 – C.C. DeVille of rock band Poison and more
1966 – Raphael Saadiq of Tony Toni Tone
1967 – Tony Siragusa
1971 – Sofia Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1977 – Roy Halladay, passed in 2017
1984 – Mark Zuckerberg
1989 – Rob Gronkowski
1996 – Martin Garrix


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