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14th May: Find Out What Happened On This Day In History

14th May is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years). 231 days remain until the end of the year. Take a look at some of the events that occurred on this day, 14th May, in history.


Historical events

649 — Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.

964 — Pope John XII dies – some say he was murdered on this day. The pope allegedly lived a life of sin, corruption and murder. But is his reputation as the worst pope who turned the Vatican into a whorehouse deserved?

1483 — Coronation of Charles VIII of France (“Charles l’Affable”).

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.

1643 — Louis XIV becomes King of France aged 4.

1702 — England and The Netherlands declare war on France and Spain.

1796 — English country doctor Edward Jenner successfully administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

1842 — Illustrated London News; the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication.

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

1861 — The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite, strikes the earth near Barcelona, Spain.

1862 — Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph.

1878 — Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568).

1897 — Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph.


May 14th in the 19th Century

1908 — First passenger flight in an airplane.

1910 — Canada authorises the issuing of silver dollar coins.

1913 — Frans Hals museum opens in Haarlem, Netherlands.

1919 — Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In Hac tanta.

1921 — Florence Allen is the first woman judge to sentence a man to death in Ohio.

1925 — Author Virginia Woolf’s novel “Mrs Dalloway” is published by The Hogarth Press.

1932 — “We Want Beer!” parade in New York.

1938 — “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland releases.

1939 — Lina Medina becomes the world’s youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.

1944 — General Erwin Rommel, Speidel and von Stulpnagel attempt to assassinate dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler.

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.

1948 — Israel declares independence from British administration

1955 — The US performs a nuclear test at the Pacific Ocean.

1961 — Bus with the first group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama.

1969 — Abortion and contraception legalised in Canada.

1981 — NASA launches space vehicle S-192.

1982 — Guinea adopts its constitution.

1986 — The Netherlands Institute for War Documentation publishes Jewish victim and diarist of the Holocaust Anne Frank’s complete diary.

1991 — World’s Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs.

1991 — Anti-apartheid activist and politician Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping and beating of four youths, one of whom died. She is freed pending appeal.


May 14th in the 21st Century

2005 — 265th Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonisation into sainthood.

2011 — Leah Sharibu, a schoolgirl abducted by a faction of Boko Haram at Dapchi village, Yobe, is born.

2012 — Stanford University scientists develop prototype bionic eye.

2013 — Brazil becomes the 15th country to legalize same-s*x marriage.

2013 — Dan Brown releases fourth novel starring Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code), titled “Inferno”. It instantly becomes a bestseller.

2013 — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie publishes the novel, “Americanah”.

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. It is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level.

2018 — Boulder City Council in Colorado votes to ban assault weapons.

2018 — Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points. The club fails to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997.

2018 — US Supreme Court strikes down a federal law banning sports gambling in most states.

Chidirim Ndeche

Contributor at Plat4om. Ice cream makes me giddy.

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