What Happened on May 14, 1943

Historical Events

  • Australian Hospital Ship Centaur sinks off the coast of Queensland after being struck by torpedo fired by Japanese submarine; 268 of 332 medical personnel and civilian crew aboard die

Famous Birthdays

  • (John) "Jack" Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "Sunshine of Your Love"; "White Room"), born in Bishopbriggs, Scotland (d. 2014)
  • Alan Mollohan, American politician (Rep-D-WV, 1983-2011), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Derek "Lek" Leckenby, British rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits), born in Leeds, England (d. 1994)
  • Elizabeth Ray, American beauty queen, "secretary" and US Congressman Wayne Hays' lover, born in Marshall, North Carolina
  • Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Icelandic politician (President of Iceland, 1996-2016; Minister of Finance, 1988-91), born in Ísafjörður, Iceland
  • Tania León, Cuban-American Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Haiku; Scourge of the Hyacinths), conductor, arts advisor, and educator, born in Havana, Cuba
Born in 1943

Famous Deaths

  • Henri La Fontaine, Belgian international lawyer (1st Socialist to win Nobel Peace Prize 1913), dies at 89
1943 Highlights

About May 14, 1943

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Taurus