On This Day

On This Day in History for May 14 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1970 The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • 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 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
  • 1973 US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
  • 1974 Underground America Day is 1st observed to honor the 6,000 Americans that make their homes in the Earth
  • 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
  • 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 Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
  • 1978 First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta
  • 1980 Department of Health & Human Services begins operation
  • 1981 NASA launches space vehicle S-192

  • 1982 Guinea adopts constitution
  • 1983 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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
  • 1986 Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
  • 1987 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
  • 1987 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
  • 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.
  • 1989 Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1992 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
  • 1994 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 2002 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  • 2004 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun

BeatificationBeatification

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

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

President of Haiti René Préval
President of Haiti
René Préval
  • 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
  • 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

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

  • 2018 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"
  • 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
  • 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 coronavirus COVID-19 passes 300,000 with 4.4 million confirmed infections

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