14 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Emperor Charles IV, 1316
  • Thomas Gainsborough (baptism), 1727
  • Otto Klemperer, 1885
  • Patrice Munsel, 1925
  • Eric Morcombe, 1926
  • Bobby Darin, 1936
  • Jack Bruce, 1943
  • Francesca Annis, 1944
  • George Lucas, 1944
  • Robert Zemeckis, 1952
  • Tim Roth, 1961
  • Ferran Adrià, 1962
  • Cate Blanchett, 1969
  • Mark Zuckerberg, 1984

Died On This Day:

  • Henry IV France, 1610
  • Louis XIII, 1643
  • August Strindberg, 1912
  • H. J. Heinz, 1919
  • David Belasco, 1931
  • Lord Allenby, 1936
  • Emma Goldman, 1940
  • Rita Hayworth, 1987
  • Jiang Qing suicide, 1991
  • Lyle Alzado, 1992
  • William Randolph Hearst Jr., 1993
  • Frank Sinatra, 1998
  • Wendy Hiller, 2003
  • Robert Stack, 2003
  • B. B. King, 2015
  • Tom Wolfe, 2018

Today's Events:

  • 1264 - English barons led by Simon de Montford triumph over King Henry III at the battle of Lewes.
  • 1610 - Roman Catholic fanatic Francois Ravaillac assassinates popular King Henry IV of France in Paris.
  • 1643 - King Louis XIV, age 4 years 8 months, ascends throne of France. ('The Sun King')
  • 1796 - Worlds first vaccination-against smallpox by British physician Edward Jenner.
  • 1804 - Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis to explore Louisiana Territory.
  • 1842 - Illustrated London News first published.
  • 1878 - Vaseline (petroleum jelly) patented by British-born chemist working in Brooklyn, Robert A. Chesebrough.
  • 1913 - John D. Rockefeller donates $100 million to establish Rockefeller Foundation; largest gift in history.
  • 1940 - Home Guard formed in Britain.
  • 1948 - State of Israel proclaimed as British mandate ends in Palestine; Arab countries declare war.
  • 1955 - Warsaw Pact signed to ensure integration of military, economic and cultural policy between eight Communist nations including USSR.
  • 1998 - 108 million Americans tune in the NBC for record-breaking finale of Seinfeld TV series.
  • 2004 - Mary Donaldson of Tasmania becomes first Australian to marry into ruling royal family - Denmark.
  • 2008 - Lucian Freud becomes top selling living painter when his nude of large woman sleeping is sold for $33.6 million at Christie's, New York.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Michael Garicoits
  • Mary Mazzarello
  • Carthage
  • Pachomius

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Israel (1948), Paraguay (1811)
  • Kamuzu Day in Malawi

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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