Events in History on May 14

  • May
  • 649 Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1027 Robert II of France names his son Henry I as junior King of the Franks
  • 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 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.
  • 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 Grand Vizier Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed 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

USAConstitution of the United States

1787 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
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Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States
  • 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

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

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

InventionHistoric 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
  • 1889 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1914 Chic Jim Scott no-hits Cleve, gives up 2 hits in 10th & loses 1-0
  • 1919 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta
  • 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

  • 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
  • 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

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1948 Golda Meir [Goldie Meyerson] is one of the signatories of Israel’s independence declaration

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir

InventionHistoric Invention

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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 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 Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
  • 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
  • 1980 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • 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

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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

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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
  • 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


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.
  • 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"

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

US First Lady and Model Melania Trump
US First Lady and Model
Melania Trump
  • 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