What Happened on May 14

Significant Events

  • 1607 1st permanent English settlement established in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1787 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
  • 1796 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
  • 1804 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
  • 1948 Israel declares independence from British administration
  • 1998 Seinfeld's final 2-part episode "The Finale" airs on NBC to 76.3M viewers (commercials priced at $2M for 30 seconds)
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Did You Know?

Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five

On May 14, 1939

Would You Believe?

Physician Joseph G. Hamilton injects misdiagnosed cancer patient Albert Stevens (CAL-1) with 131 kBq (3.55 µCi) of plutonium without his knowledge. Stevens lives another 20 years, surviving the highest known accumulated radiation dose in any human

On May 14, 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1771 King of France Louis XVIII weds princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy at the Palace of Versailles
  • 1962 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
  • 1994 Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1994 Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York
  • 1996 Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London
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