On This Day

Historical Events on May 14 (Part 2)

  • 2002 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Sports History

2002 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Michael Schumacher; Sportswoman: Jennifer Capriati; Team: Australian Men's National Cricket team

  • 2004 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun

Beatification

2005 Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood

  • 2005 Former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the US Navy, deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. Largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.

Historic Event

2006 René Préval sworn in as President of Haiti for the second time

  • 2010 The 51,700 seat Aviva Stadium is officially opened on the site of the famous old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin by Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowan
  • 2011 56th Eurovision Song Contest: Ell & Nikki for Azerbaijan wins singing "Running Scared" in Dusseldorf
  • 2011 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,643): Manchester City beats Stoke City, 1-0; Yaya Touré scores 74' winner; Citizens' 5th title
  • 2012 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons agree to end mass hunger strike
  • 2012 Stanford University scientists develop prototype bionic eye
  • 2013 Brazil becomes the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage

Historic Publication

2013 Dan Brown's fourth novel starring Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), titled "Inferno", is released and instantly becomes a bestseller

Historic Publication

2013 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel "Americanah" is published

  • 2016 61st Eurovision Song Contest: Ukraine's Jamala wins singing "1944"

Sports History

2016 Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition

  • 2017 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 21 year old South Korean Kim Si-woo shoots final round 69 to win by 3 strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter
  • 2018 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"

Film & TV History

2018 Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, is treated in hospital for a benign kidney condition

  • 2018 Indian politician Shashi Tharoor is charged by police with driving his wife to commit suicide
  • 2018 Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest
  • 2018 Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons
  • 2018 US Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
  • 2018 Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points; fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997
  • 2019 Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site
  • 2019 San Francisco is the first city to vote to ban use of facial recognition
  • 2019 Steve Bullock, US Governor of Montana announces his run for Presidential office
  • 2019 Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl
  • 2020 Former pandemic agency head Rick Bright testifies to a US House Committee "without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history"
  • 2020 Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections