Historical Events on May 14

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  • 649 Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1027 Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, King of France
  • 1264 Battle of Lewes, 2nd Barons' War: Simon de Montfort the younger, Earl of Leicester, defeats English King Henry III
  • 1483 Coronation of Charles VIII of France ("Charles l'Affable").
  • 1509 Battle of Agnadello, French beat Venetians in Northern Italy
  • 1576 Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten
  • 1607 1st permanent English settlement established in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1608 The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.


1610 Assassination of Henry IV of France, brings 9-year old Louis XIII to the throne

  • 1638 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquers Batticaloa, Ceylon

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1643 Louis XIV becomes King of France aged 4

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • 1664 Turkish great Kiprulu attacks 120,000 Donau soldiers
  • 1702 England & Netherlands declare war on France & Spain
  • 1702 Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw
  • 1747 A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1767 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea

/flags/united statesConstitution of the United States

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
  • 1800 Friedrich von Schiller's "Macbeth" premieres in Weimar

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1804 Meriwether Lewis & William Clark's expedition commissioned by Thomas Jefferson sets out from St Louis for Pacific Coast

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 1811 Paraguay gains independence from Spain (National Day)
  • 1832 Felix Mendelssohn's concert overture "Hebrides" premieres in London

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1835 Charles Darwin reaches Coquimbo in Northern Chile

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1842 Illustrated London News; the world's first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication
  • 1845 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens

1stHistoric Invention

1853 Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk

Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • 1861 The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite, strikes the earth near Barcelona, Spain
  • 1862 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
  • 1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place
  • 1868 Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō
  • 1874 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats Uni of McGill (Montreal) 3-0
  • 1878 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)
  • 1879 The first group of 463 Indian indentured labourers arrive in Fiji aboard the Leonidas
  • 1884 Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
  • 1885 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • 1886 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
  • 1888 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • 1889 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London
  • 1890 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45

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1890 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to sub-lieutenant

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1892 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
  • 1894 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • 1896 Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F /-23°C at Climax, Colorado)
  • 1897 Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

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1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1905 2nd official international soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0
  • 1906 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
  • 1907 Sweden adopts universal suffrage for elections to its lower house and proportional representation for both houses
  • 1908 1st passenger flight in an airplane
  • 1910 Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
  • 1913 Frans Hals museum opens in Haarlem, Netherlands

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1913 Wash Senator Walter Johnson ends record scorless streak at 56 innings

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1914 Chic Jim Scott no-hits Cleve, gives up 2 hits in 10th & loses 1-0
  • 1918 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC
  • 1919 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
  • 1919 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta
  • 1920 Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
  • 1920 Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
  • 1921 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death in Ohio

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1921 Mussolini's fascists obtain 29 parliamentary seats in Italian elections

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

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1925 Virginia Woolf's novel "Mrs Dalloway" is published by The Hogarth Press

  • 1927 "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the singles chart by Ben Bernie
  • 1927 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
  • 1927 Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg
  • 1927 The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity
  • 1928 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • 1931 Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration
  • 1932 "We Want Beer!" parade in NY
  • 1935 LA's Griffith Planetarium opens, 3rd in US
  • 1935 Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement
  • 1935 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • 1938 63rd Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
  • 1938 England soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3

Film release premierFilm Release

1938 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

  • 1939 Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five
  • 1940 Admiral Johannes Furstner, Royal Dutch Navy, departs to England
  • 1940 Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
  • 1940 German breakthrough at Sedan
  • 1940 Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
  • 1940 Nazis bomb Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrenders to Germany
  • 1941 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
  • 1942 US Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms
  • 1943 Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine
  • 1944 91 German bombers harass Bristol
  • 1944 British troops occupy Kohima

MurderAssassination Attempt

1944 General Rommel, Speidel & von Stulpnagel attempt to assassinate Hitler

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1945 Kamikaze Zero strikes US aircraft carrier Enterprise
  • 1945 US offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered

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1945 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

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
Physician Joseph Gilbert Hamilton
Joseph Gilbert Hamilton
  • 1946 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love" premieres
  • 1948 Israel declares independence from British administration
  • 1948 Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
  • 1948 Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem
  • 1948 US grants Israel de facto recognition
  • 1948 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
  • 1948 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949 "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
  • 1949 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56

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1949 US President Harry Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1950 Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
  • 1951 Sammy Fain and EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
  • 1951 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • 1954 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
  • 1955 US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
  • 1955 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
  • 1957 "New Girl in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
  • 1957 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town" premieres in NYC
  • 1960 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 performances
  • 1960 USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
  • 1960 Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis" premieres in Potsdam, NY
  • 1961 Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama
  • 1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open
  • 1961 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 1962 Ex-present of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1962 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan elected second President of India
  • 1963 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • 1964 Underground America Day is 1st observed
  • 1964 17th Cannes Film Festival: "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" directed by Jacques Demy wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1965 2nd Chinese atom bomb explodes
  • 1965 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1966 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
  • 1966 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95

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1967 Mickey Mantle's 500th HR off Oriole's Stu Miller

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1968 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
  • 1968 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček
  • 1968 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin
  • 1969 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • 1969 Last Chevrolet Corvair built
  • 1970 Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
  • 1970 Harry A Blackmun appointed to US Supreme Court
  • 1970 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • 1970 Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • 1970 The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • 1972 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1972 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • 1972 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast
  • 1973 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
  • 1973 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1973 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • 1973 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • 1974 Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
  • 1975 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • 1975 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
  • 1975 US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
  • 1975 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1975 "Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles", directed by Chantal Akerman, starring Delphine Seyrig and Jan Decorte, is released
  • 1976 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
  • 1976 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
  • 1977 English football international Bobby Moore retires
  • 1977 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • 1977 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • 1977 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • 1978 "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1978 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta
  • 1979 "Stalker", Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, starring Alexander Kaidanovsky and Anatoli Solonitsyn, is released
  • 1980 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • 1980 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • 1980 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • 1980 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • 1981 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1981 NASA launches space vehicle S-192
  • 1982 Guinea adopts constitution
  • 1983 "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
  • 1983 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
  • 1984 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Lee Greenwood, and Janie Fricke win

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1986 Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Anne Frank's complete diary

Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank
Jewish Victim & Diarist of the Holocaust
Anne Frank

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1986 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1986 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • 1986 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • 1987 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • 1987 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • 1987 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 1988 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • 1988 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
  • 1988 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
  • 1988 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1989 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)

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1989 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1989 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • 1989 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • 1989 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • 1989 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • 1990 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)
  • 1990 Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53
  • 1991 42 die in a train collision in Japan
  • 1991 Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA
  • 1991 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs
  • 1991 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal
  • 1992 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
  • 1994 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
  • 1994 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London
  • 1995 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

1995 41st McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Kelly Robbins

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1995 Eddie Murray of Indians hits his 463rd career home run (ties for 18th)

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

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1995 Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet's 2nd most senior spiritual leader

11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
11th Panchen Lama
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso
  • 1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0

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1997 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner