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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 14…

May 13, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012.  Here’s what happened today in history (that I found interesting):

1607 – Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.

1787 – In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United StatesGeorge Washington presides.

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1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.

1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.

1836 – The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.

1913 – New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.

1925 – Virginia Woolf‘s novel Mrs Dalloway is published.

1961 – American civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.

1973 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched.

1988 – Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school buscarrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.


1952 – David Byrne, Scottish-born American musician (Talking Heads)

1961 – Tim Roth, English actor

1962 – Ian Astbury, English singer (The Cult)

1971 – Sofia Coppola, American director

1984 – Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur, co-founder of Facebook


1982 – Hugh Beaumont, American actor (b. 1909)

1987 – Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)

1993 – William Randolph Hearst Jr., American newspaper magnate (b. 1908)

1997 – Harry Blackstone, Jr., American stage magician (b. 1934)

1998 – Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (b. 1915)

2003 – Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)




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