Events in History on May 14

  • 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

Royal Coronation

1483 Coronation of Charles VIII of France ("Charles the Affable")

Victory in Battle

1509 Battle of Agnadello, French forces under Louis XII defeat the 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 Henry IV of France is assassinated by fanatical Catholic François Ravaillac who stabs him to death in the streets of Paris

  • 1638 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquers Batticaloa, Ceylon

Historic Event

1643 Louis XIV becomes King of France aged 4

  • 1664 Turkish Grand Vizier Köprülü Fazıl Ahmed attacks 120,000 Donau soldiers
  • 1702 England & Netherlands declare war on France & Spain

Historic Event

1702 Great Northern War: Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

  • 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

Historic Event

1796 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers his revolutionary cowpox-based vaccine for smallpox, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

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

Historic Invention

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

  • 1857 Mindon is crowned as King of Burma at Mandalay Palace, Burma
  • 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

Historic Event

1890 British sailor David Beatty is promoted to sub-lieutenant

  • 1894 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
  • 1896 Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F /-23°C at Climax, Colorado)

Treaty of Interest

1897 Great Britain signs treaty with Emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia

Historic Event

1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco

  • 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
  • 1921 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death in Ohio

Election of Interest

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

Historic 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
  • 1930 US Congress designates Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico a National Park [1]
  • 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 the Philippines ratifies independence agreement
  • 1939 Lina Medina of Peru 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 British Local Defence Volunteers forms, an armed citizen militia designed to support the British Army during the Second World War. It is later renamed the Home Guard.
  • 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 Australian Hospital Ship Centaur sinks off the coast of Queensland after being struck by torpedo fired by Japanese submarine; 268 of 332 medical personnel and civilian crew aboard die
  • 1944 91 German bombers harass Bristol
  • 1944 British troops occupy Kohima

Assassination Attempt

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

  • 1945 Kamikaze Zero strikes US aircraft carrier Enterprise

Historic Event

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

  • 1945 US offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered

Historic Event

1948 Golda Meir (Meyerson) is one of the signatories of Israel’s independence declaration

  • 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

Historic Invention

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

  • 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
  • 1961 Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama

Historic Event

1962 Ex-president of Yugoslavia Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years in jail

  • 1962 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan elected second President of India
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
  • 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)

Historic Event

1968 Czech government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubček

Historic Event

1968 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin

  • 1969 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
  • 1969 Last Chevrolet Corvair built

Presidential Convention

1970 Harry Blackmun (61), nominated by Richard Nixon, earns seat on US Supreme Court after confirmation by US Senate, 94-0; serves until 1994

  • 1970 Militant leftist Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader freed from prison after serving 2 years in West Berlin
  • 1970 NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
  • 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

Historic Publication

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 1991 World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs
  • 1992 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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.


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

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

  • 2018 Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons
  • 2018 Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest
  • 2018 Indian politician Shashi Tharoor is charged by police with driving his wife to commit suicide
  • 2018 Successful memory transfer in snails achieved by scientists from University of California published in journal "eNeuro"
  • 2019 Huge protests closes schools in Kashmir after the rape of a three-year-old girl
  • 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 Wikipedia confirms China has banned all versions of its site
  • 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
  • 2022 18 year-old gunman kills 10 people and wounds three at a Tops supermarket in east Buffalo, New York, in a racially motivating attack [1]
  • 2022 Surrealist artist Man Ray's photograph "Le Violon d'Ingres" sells for $12.4 million, making it the most expensive ever sold at auction [1]
  • 2022 US records one million COVID-19 deaths, with The White House ordering flags to fly at half mast through the weekend [1]