Today in History - May 14

649 – Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1027 – Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, king of France

1483 – Coronation of Charles VIII of France

1509 – Battle of Agnadello, French beat Venetians in Northern Italy

1576 – Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten

1608 – The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen

1610 – Assassination of Henry IV of France

1643 – Louis XIV becomes king of France aged 4

1702 – England & Netherlands declare war on France & Spain

1767 – British government disbands Americans import duty on tea


1787 – Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution

1796 – English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus

1811 – Paraguay gains independence from Spain

1842 – Illustrated London News; the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper

1853 – Gail Borden patents his process for condensed milk

1862 – Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph

1878 – Vaseline is granted a patent

1884 – Anti-Monopoly party forms in US

1908 – 1st passenger flight in an airplane

1910 – Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins

1918 – Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC

1921 – Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death, Ohio

1932 – “We Want Beer!” parade in NY

1939 – Lina Medina becomes the world;s youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five

1940 – Nazis bomb Rotterdam, Netherlands surrenders to Germany

1941 – 3.600 Parisian Jews arrested

1942 – US Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms

1944 – British troops occupy Kohima

1948 – Israel declares independence from under British administration

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

1960 – USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule

1963 – Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations

1964 – Underground America Day is 1st observed

1970 – NYC local newspaper “Our Town” begins publishing

1973 – Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London

1973 – Skylab launched, 1st Space Station

1980 – Department of Health & Human Services begins operation

1982 – Guinea adopts constitution

1990 – Dow Jones average hits a record 2,821.53

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

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