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May 14 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 14. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 38 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1264
    Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England.
  • 1509
    Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Venetians.
  • 1607
    Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
  • 1608
    The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
  • 1610
    Henry IV of France is assassinated, bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
  • 1643
    Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
  • 1747
    War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1787
    In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
  • 1796
    Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
  • 1804
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
  • 1811
    Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor
  • 1836
    The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
  • 1868
    Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō.
  • 1870
    The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  • 1879
    The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
  • 1889
    The children’s charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launched in London.
  • 1897
    The Stars and Stripes Forever is first performed in public near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia.
  • 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.
  • 1925
    Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway is published.
  • 1931
    Ådalen shootings: Five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
  • 1935
    The Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
  • 1939
    Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  • 1940
    World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of the Netherlands ends with the Netherlands surrendering to Germany.
  • 1940
    The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet medium bomber, makes its first flight.
  • 1943
    World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland.
  • 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.
  • 1951
    Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
  • 1955
    Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.

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