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Events Throughout History

Historical Events for May 14th

  • Year 1264 » Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester named Simon de Montfort the 'de facto' ruler of England.
  • Year 1509 » Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, France called French forces defeat the Republic of Venice called Venetians.
  • Year 1607 » Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an Kingdom of England known as English colony.
  • Year 1608 » The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
  • Year 1610 » Henry IV of France is assassinated, bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
  • Year 1643 » Four-year-old Louis XIV of France or Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII of France e.g Louis XIII.
  • Year 1747 » War of the Austrian Succession: A Kingdom of Great Britain British fleet under Admiral (United Kingdom) Admiral George Anson, 1st Baron Anson George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre (1747) First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • Year 1787 » In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention (United States) known as Constitutional Convention to write a new United States Constitution called Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
  • Year 1796 » Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.
  • Year 1804 » The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
  • Year 1811 » Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero (politician) e.g Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor
  • Year 1836 » The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.
  • Year 1863 » American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi e.g Battle of Jackson takes place.
  • Year 1868 » Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō.
  • Year 1870 » The first game of rugby football e.g rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson, New Zealand known as Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  • Year 1879 » The first group of 463 Indian indenture system Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the ship Leonidas ship 6.
  • Year 1897 » 'The Stars and Stripes Forever' is first performed in public near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia.
  • Year 1913 » Governor of New York William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
  • Year 1929 » Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4000th first-class cricket called first-class wicket during a performance of 9 for 39 at Leyton; he is the only player in history to have reached that number.
  • Year 1931 » Ådalen shootings: Five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
  • Year 1935 » The Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
  • Year 1939 » Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  • Year 1940 » World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the Nazi Germany named German Luftwaffe.
  • Year 1940 » World War II: The Battle of the Netherlands ends with the Netherlands surrendering to Germany.
  • Year 1940 » The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet Union e.g Soviet medium bomber, makes its first flight.
  • Year 1943 » World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks Ship or AHS e.g Centaur off the coast of Queensland.
  • Year 1948 » Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • Year 1951 » Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since heritage railway known as preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
  • Year 1955 » Cold War: Eight Communism e.g Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
  • Year 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.
  • Year 1963 » Kuwait joins the United Nations.
  • Year 1970 » The Red Army Faction is established in West Germany.
  • Year 1988 » Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driving or drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.
  • Year 2004 » The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President of South Korea e.g President Roh Moo-hyun.
  • Year 2012 » Agni Air Flight CHT crashes near Jomsom Airport in Jomsom, Nepal, after a failed go-around, killing 15 people.
  • Year 2013 » Nigerian President of Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency in the northeast states of Borno State Borno, Yobe State Yobe and Adamawa State Adamawa due to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram.

World History for the Month of May