On This Day..... May 14

MAY 14TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL DANCE LIKE A CHICKEN DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL UNDERGROUND AMERICA DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • BOBBY DARIN (1936-1973)
  • GEORGE LUCAS (1944, 74)
  • JILL STEIN (1950, 68)
  • ROBERT ZEMECKIS (1952, 66)
  • DAVID BYRNE (1952, 66)
  • TOM COCHRANE (1953, 65)
  • TIM ROTH (1961, 57)
  • CATE BLANCHETT (1969, 49)
  • DANNY WOOD (1969, 49)
  • SOFIA COPPOLA (1971, 47)
  • AMBER TAMBLYN (1983, 35)
  • MARK ZUCKERBERG (1984, 34)
  • MIRANDA COSGROVE (1993, 25)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1607, THE FIRST PERMANENT SETTLEMENT IN THE “NEW WORLD” IS FOUNDED IN JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA
  • IN 1610, KING HENRY IV OF FRANCE IS ASSASSINATED AND 9 YEAR OLD LOUIS XIII BECOMES THE KING
  • IN 1643, LOUIS XIV BECOMES KING OF FRANCE AT AGE 4
  • IN 1787, DELEGATES FROM THE 13 COLONIES ASSEMBLE IN PHILADELPHIA TO BEGIN WRITING THE CONSTITUTION
  • IN 1804, PRESIDENT JEFFERSON COMMISSIONS THE LEWIS & CLARK EXPIDITION
  • IN 1853, GAIL BORDEN PATENTS CONDENSED MILK
  • IN 1856, THE FIRST CAMELS ARE IMPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES FOR COMMERCIAL USE
  • IN 1863, THE BATTLE OF JACKSON IS FOUGHT IN MISSISSIPPI IN THE CIVIL WAR
  • IN 1878, VASELINE IS PATENTED
  • IN 1894, A FAN LIT A CIGAR IN THE BLEACHERS OF A BOSTON BEANEATERS BASEBALL GAME AND LIT THE BLEACHERS ON FIRE. THE FIRE SPREAD TO 200 BUILDINGS ACROSS BOSTON’S SOUTH END BECAUSE THE CITY HAD NOT SET UP FIRE HYDRANTS IN THE TENEMENT NEIGHBORHOOD. 1900 PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS.
  • IN 1918, WASHINGTON DC LEGALIZES PLAYING BASEBALL ON SUNDAYS
  • IN 1925, VIRGINIA WOOLF PUBLISHES “MRS. DALLOWAY”
  • IN 1927, BEN BERNIE HITS #1 ON THE CHARTS WITH “AIN’T SHE SWEET?”
  • IN 1932, THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY LED A PARADE OF 100,000 PEOPLE TO PROTEST THE 18TH AMENDMENT KNOWN AS THE “WE WANT BEER” PARADE
  • IN 1938, ERROL FLYNN’S “THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD” IS RELEASED
  • IN 1939, PERUVIAN LINA MEDINA BECOMES THE WORLD’S YOUNGEST EVER MOTHER AT FIVE YEARS OLD. HER SON GERARDO WAS RAISED TO BELIEVE LINA WAS HIS SISTER.
  • IN 1940, THE NETHERLANDS SURRENDERS TO THE NAZIS AFTER THE BOMBING OF ROTTERDAM
  • IN 1944, GENERALS ROMMEL, SPEIDEL AND VON STULPNAGAL FAIL AT AN ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF ADOLF HITLER
  • IN 1948, ISRAEL DECLARES INDEPENDENCE FROM GREAT BRITAIN
  • IN 1951, NBC DEBUTS “THE ERNIE KOVACS SHOW”
  • IN 1955, THE WARSAW PACT IS SIGNED BY EIGHT EASTERN BLOCK NATIONS: THE USSR, ALBANIA, BULGARIA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA, EAST GERMANY, HUNGARY, POLAND AND ROMANIA
  • IN 1957, ELVIS PRESLEY IS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SWALLOWING A CAP THAT CAME OFF OF ONE OF HIS TEETH WHICH LODGED IN HIS LUNG
  • IN 1961, A BUS FILLED WITH THE FREEDOM RIDERS WAS BOMBED IN BIRMINGHAM, AL
  • IN 1967, MICKEY MANTLE HITS HIS 500TH HOME RUN
  • IN 1968, SUZANNE SCHEER COMMITS SUICIDE BY JUMPING IN FRONT OF A NEW YORK SUBWAY TRAIN, INSPIRING THE FIRST LINE OF JAMES TAYLOR’S SONG “FIRE AND RAIN”
  • IN 1969, CANADA LEGALIZES ABORTION AND CONTRACEPTION
  • IN 1970, HARRY BLACKMUN IS APPOINTED TO THE SUPREME COURT
  • IN 1973, NBC AIRS THE LAST EPISODE OF “ROWAN AND MARTIN’S LAUGH-IN”
  • IN 1973, THE SKYLAB SPACE STATION IS LAUNCHED
  • IN 1977, LEO SAYER HITS #1 WITH “WHEN I NEED YOU”
  • IN 1980, THE US DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES OPENS
  • IN 1983, THOMAS DOLBY HITS #5 WITH “SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE”
  • IN 1986, THE NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE FOR WAR DOCUMENTATION PUBLISHES “THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK”
  • IN 1978, RITA HAYWORTH DIES OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AT 68
  • IN 1989, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “FAMILY TIES”
  • IN 1989, ABC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “MOONLIGHTING”
  • IN 1991, WINNIE MANDELA IS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON FOR KIDNAPPING BUT APPEALS AND IS NEVER SENT TO JAIL
  • IN 1991, MAO DEDONG’S WIDOW JIANG QING COMMITS SUICIDE
  • IN 1996, ANTONIO BANDERAS MARRIES MELANIE GRIFFITH
  • IN 1998, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “SEINFELD”
  • IN 1998, FRANK SINATRA DIES AT 82
  • IN 2011, BLAKE SHELTON MARRIES MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • IN 2013, DAN BROWN RELEASES “INFERNO”
  • IN 2015, B.B. KING DIES AT 89

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