Today is Saturday, May 14, the 134th day of 2022. There are 231 days left in the year.
Today’s moment of history:
On May 14, 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to German troops during World War II.
In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France 4 years after the death of his father Louis XIII.
In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner vaccinated 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox using cowpox substances.
In 1804, Lewis and Clark’s expedition to explore Louisiana and the Northwest Pacific left a camp near present-day Hartford, Illinois.
In 1948, according to the modern calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv by David Ben-Gurion, who became its first prime minister; US President Harry S. Truman immediately recognized the new nation.
In 1955, representatives of eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. (The Pact was dissolved in 1991.)
In 1961, Freedom Riders in Aniston and Birmingham, Alabama, were attacked by violent crowds.
In 1988, 27 people, mostly teenagers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck traveling in the wrong direction on a highway near Carolton, Kentucky. (Truck driver Larry Mahoney has served 9 and a half years in prison for manslaughter.)
In 1998, singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 82. The sitcom hit “Seinfeld” showed its latest episode after nine years on NBC.
In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that there are no exceptions in federal law for people who use marijuana for medical purposes.
In 2003, more than 100 immigrants were left in a closed trailer at a truck stop in Texas; 19 of them died. (Truck driver Tyrone Williams was later sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for his role in the death.)
In 2008, the Ministry of the Interior declared the polar bear a species threatened by the loss of Arctic sea ice.
In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors about a serious rare inflammatory condition in children associated with coronavirus.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama tried to tarnish Republican Mitt Romney as a corporate titan who got rich by cutting, not creating, jobs; Romney’s campaign responded that only the former governor of Massachusetts has contributed to more public and private jobs than Obama.
Five years ago: Emanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL ‘mah-KROHN’) became the new president of France, promising to strengthen the European Union, restructure French politics and unite his divided nation. Five days after South Korea elected a president who expressed a desire to connect with North Korea, Pyongyang sent a challenge to a new leader of its rival, launching a ballistic missile.
A year ago: unrest from the battle between Israel and Hamas spilled over into the West Bank, sparking the most massive Palestinian protests in recent years; hundreds of young protesters in several cities clashed with the Israeli military, who shot dead at least 11 people, including one who tried to kill an Israeli soldier. Israel fires tanks and air strikes on the northern Gaza Strip; a family of six in Gaza has been killed in an airstrike on their home, which Israel said was an attempt to clear militant tunnels. Demonstrating allegiance to Donald Trump, Republicans elected Eliza Stefanick, a New York-based New York MP, to a leading position in the House of Representatives held by Trump critic Liz Cheney until she was ousted a few days earlier.
Today’s Birthday: Photorealist Richard Estes 90. Actor Dame Sian Phillips – 89. Former Senator Byron Dorgan, DN.D. 71 years Rock singer David Byrne is 70. Actor Tim Roth is 61 years old. Rock singer Ian Ostbury (The Cult) – 60. Rock music Sisi (aka Cecil) Deville 60. Actor Danny Houston 60. Rock music Mike Ines (Alice In Chains) – 56. Fabrice Morvan (formerly Millie Vanilla) ) – 56. R&B singer Rafael Saadzik – 56. Actor Cate Blanchett – 53. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) – 53. Film. writer and director Sofia Kopala (KOH’-pah-lah) – 51 years old. Former Homeland Security Minister Kirsten Nielsen – 50. Actor Gabriel Mann – 50. Singer Natalie Appleton (All Saints) – 49. Singer Shainis – 49. Actor Carla Jimenez – 48. Rock musician Henry Garse (Los Lonely Boys) – 44 Alt-country music singer Ketchu Sekoru – 44. Rock musician Dan Auerbach – 43. Rock musician Mike Rethonda (Plain White T) – 41 years old. Actor Amber Tamblin – 39. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg – 38. Actor Lina Esco – 37. NFL player Rob Gronkowski – 33. Actor Miranda Cosgrove – 29.
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