Famous Events on this Day 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
1264 - Baron's War fought in England
1264 - Battle at Lewes: Simon van Leicester beats English king Henry III
1483 - Coronation of Charles VIII of France ("Charles l'Affable").
1509 - Battle of Agnadello, French beat Venitians in Northern Italy
1576 - Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten
1590 - Battle at Ivry: French king Henri IV beats Catholic League
1607 - 1st permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown, Va
1608 - The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
1610 - Assassination of Henri IV of France, bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
1638 - Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquerors Batticaloa, Ceylon
1643 - Louis XIV (4) becomes king of France
1664 - Turkish great Kiprulu attacks 120,000 Donau soldiers
1702 - England & Netherlands declares war on France & Spain
1702 - Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw
1747 - A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
1767 - British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
1787 - Delegates gather in Phila to draw up US constitution
1796 - 1st smallpox inoculation administered, by Edward Jenner
1800 - Friedrich von Schiller's "Macbeth," premieres in Weimar
1804 - Lewis & Clark set out from St Louis for Pacific Coast
1811 - Paraguay gains independence from Spain (Natl Day)
1832 - Felix Mendelssohn's "Hebrides," premieres
1835 - Charles Darwin reaches Coquimbo in Northern Chile
1842 - 1st edition of London Illustrated News
1845 - Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
1853 - Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk
1861 - The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite, strikes the earth near Barcelona, Spain.
1862 - Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
1863 - Battle of Jackson, MS
1863 - American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
1864 - Battle of Reseca, GA -Atlanta-
1868 - Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikko.
1874 - 1st admission charge at a football game, Harvard beats McGill 3-0
1874 - Harvard beats U of McGill (Montreal) in football, 3-0
1878 - Vaseline is 1st sold (registered trademark for petroleum jelly)
1879 - The first group of 463 Indian indentured labourers arrive in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1884 - Anti-Monopoly party forms in US
1885 - 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
1886 - 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
1888 - 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
1889 - The children's charity the NSPCC is launched in London.
1890 - 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
1892 - Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
1894 - Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
1896 - Lowest US temperature in May recorded (-10°F-Climax, Colo)
1897 - Great-Britain signs treaty with emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
1903 - President Theodore Roosevelt visits SF
1904 - 1st Olympics in US are held (St Louis)
1905 - 2nd official intl soccer match, Neth beats Belg 4-0
1906 - Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
1908 - 1st passenger flight in an airplane
1910 - Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
1913 - French Hals museum opens in Harleem Netherlands
1913 - Wash Senator Walter Johnson ends record scorless streak at 56 innings
1914 - Chic Jim Scott no-hits Cleve, gives up 2 hits in 10th & loses 1-0
1918 - Indians' Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19)
1918 - Sunday baseball is made legal in Wash DC
1919 - 45th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
1919 - Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta
1920 - Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
1920 - Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
1921 - Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death
1921 - Mussolini's fascists obtains 29 parliament seats
1925 - Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway is published.
1927 - "Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Ben Bernie
1927 - 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
1927 - Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
1927 - The University of Chicago's local collegiate organization, Phi Sigma, becomes incorporated under Illinois law as Eta Sigma Phi, the National Honorary Classical Fraternity.
1928 - John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
1931 - Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
1932 - "We Want Beer!" parade in NY
1935 - Griffith Planetarium opens in LA
1935 - LA's Griffith Planetarium opens, 3rd in US
1935 - Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement
1935 - Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
1938 - 64th Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
1938 - English soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3
1939 - Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
1940 - Admiral Furstner departs to England
1940 - Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof
1940 - German breakthrough at Sedan
1940 - Lord Beaverbrook appointed British minister of aircraft production
1940 - Nazi bombs Rotterdam (600-900 dead), Netherlands surrender to Germany
1940 - World War II: The Netherlands surrenders to Germany.
1941 - 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
1942 - US Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms
1943 - Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine.
1944 - 91 German bombers harass Bristol
1944 - British troops occupy Kohima
1944 - Gen Rommel, Speidel & von Stulpnagel attempt to assassinate Hitler
1945 - Kamikaze-Zero strikes US aircraft carrier Enterprise
1945 - US offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered
1946 - Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love," premieres
1948 - Israel declares independence from under British administration
1948 - Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
1948 - Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem
1948 - US grants Israel de facto recognition
1948 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1948 - WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
1949 - "Love Life" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 252 performances
1949 - 75th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
1949 - Truman signs bill establishing a rocket test range at Cape Canaveral
1950 - Pitts Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 HRs
1951 - "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 40 performances
1951 - Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
1951 - Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley," premieres in NYC
1954 - Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
1955 - US performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1955 - Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland & Romania
1957 - "New Girt in Town" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 432 performances
1957 - Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town," premieres in NYC
1960 - "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden NYC after 216 perfs
1960 - USSR launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
1960 - Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis," premieres in Pottstown NY
1961 - Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama
1961 - Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open
1961 - Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
1962 - Ex-pres Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
1962 - Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
1964 - Underground America Day is 1st observed
1965 - 2nd Chinese atom bomb explodes
1965 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 - 1st reported monitoring of pirate radio station WBBH (NJ)
1966 - A Lover's Concerto by Mrs Miller hits #95
1967 - Mickey Mantle's 500th HR off Oriole's Stu Miller
1967 - Pirate Radio Station 270 (England) closes down
1968 - Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
1968 - Czech govt announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubcek
1968 - RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin
1969 - Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
1969 - Last Chevrolet Corsair built
1970 - Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
1970 - Harry A Blackmun appointed to Supreme Court
1970 - NYC local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
1970 - RAF-leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
1970 - The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
1972 - 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton
1972 - In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
1973 - Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
1973 - Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, last airs on NBC-TV
1973 - Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
1973 - US Supreme court approves equal rights to females in military
1974 - Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
1975 - Dynamo Kiev wins 15th Europe Cup II
1975 - French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
1975 - US forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
1975 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1976 - Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
1976 - Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
1977 - English football international Bobby Moore retires
1977 - KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
1977 - Netherlands State Delta Kappa Gamma Society forms
1977 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
1978 - "Working" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 25 performances
1978 - Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
1978 - First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
1980 - "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
1980 - Dept of Health & Human Services begins operation
1980 - Valencia wins 20th Europe Cup II
1980 - Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
1981 - 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
1981 - NASA launches space vehicle S-192
1982 - Guinea adopts constitution
1983 - "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
1983 - Oilers 1-Isles 5-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 3-0 lead
1983 - Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)
1984 - 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama
1986 - Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary
1986 - Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place
1986 - Pride of Baltimore lost at sea.
1987 - "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
1987 - Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
1988 - "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 36 performances
1988 - 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
1988 - Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver going the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. The crash and ensuing fire kill 27.
1989 - 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
1989 - 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)
1989 - Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
1989 - Demonstration for democratic reforms in Beijing's Tiananmen square
1989 - Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs
1989 - Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
1990 - 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)
1990 - Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,821.53
1991 - 42 die in a train collision is Japan
1991 - Robert M Gates becomes head of CIA
1991 - World's Largest Burrito created at 1,126 lbs
1991 - Winnie Mandela sentenced to 6 years for complicity in kidnapping & beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal
1992 - WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
1994 - Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
1994 - FA cup final at Wembley Stadium London
1994 - Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds Darnay Hoffman (46)
1995 - "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater NYC after 16 performances
1995 - 41st McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Kelly Robbins
1995 - Eddie Murray of Indians hits his 463rd career home run (ties for 18th)
1995 - Dalai Lama proclaims 6-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima 11th reincarnation of Panchen Lama, Tibet's 2nd most sr spiritual leader
1996 - NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0
1997 - Baseball's Exec Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner
1998 - Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)
2002 - Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.
2004 - The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
2004 - The marriage of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary Donaldson takes place in Copenhagen.
2005 - Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
2005 - The former USS America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.