May 14 Events in History - May 14 Birthdays - May 14 Deaths
2015 Blues legend B.B. King dies at age 89 after battling health issues related to diabetes and high blood pressure
2014 The 'New York Times' fires its first female executive editor Jill Abramson after three years in the position; Abramson has been replaced by Dean Baquet, the newspaper's first African-American executive editor
2014 Japanese banks are promoting women to upper management levels for the first time in history; four women in the nation's top three banks have been promoted in the last year
2013 American actress Angelina Jolie announces she underwent elective double mastectomy surgery because she carried the BRCA1 gene and had a family history of breast cancer
2013 The Soyuz capsule safely lands in Kazakhstan, carrying Expedition 35 astronauts Thomas Marshburn of the U.S., Chris Hadfield of Canada and Roman Romanenko of Russia back from the International Space Station
2012 U.S. Presidential candidate Ron Paul announces he will end his campaign, but that he will still try to obtain delegates before the Republican National Convention in August
2012 Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa
2011 The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami death toll now exceeds 15,000 with 9,000 still missing and 115,000 evacuees still living in shelters
2011 In efforts to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans from floods, the Morganza Spillway is opened on the Mississippi River, deliberately flooding 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana
2010 Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda sign an agreement seeking more water from the Nile; Kenya issues support while Egypt and Sudan remain opposed
1998 Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC, commercials are $2 million each
1997 Baseball's Executive Council suspends New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner
1996 New York Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0
1995 "My Thing of Love" closes at Beck Theater New York City 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
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)
1992 WIBC Bowling Queens won by Cindy Coburn-Carroll
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 and beating of four youths, one of whom died, She is freed pending appeal
1990 46th time opposing pitchers hit home run, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,821.53
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
1988 "Mail" closes at Music Box Theater New York City after 36 performances
1988 1st non-pitcher, Jose Oquendo, in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he and St. Louis Cardinals lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
1987 "Little Shop of Horrors" is released in Germany
1987 Colt revolver (Peacemaker) of 1873 sells for $242,000
1986 Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary
1986 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th home run passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place
1984 19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama
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)
1982 Guinea adopts constitution
1981 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
1981 NASA launches space vehicle S-192
1980 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater New York City for 15 performances
1980 Department of Health and Human Services begins operation
1980 Valencia wins 20th Europe Cup II
1980 Bucky Dent hits an inside park home run, Royals walk 14 Yankees including 5 with bases loaded, Yankees win 16-3
1978 "Working" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 25 performances
1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
1977 English football international Bobby Moore retires
1977 Kansas City 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
1976 Lowell Thomas ends 46 years as radio network reporter
1976 Oil tanker Urqui Ola explodes off Spanish coast
1975 Dynamo Kiev wins 15th Europe Cup II
1975 French press reports massive deportation from Cambodia
1975 U.S. forces raid Cambodian island of Koh Tang to free Mayaguez ship
1975 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Symbionese Liberation Army destroyed in shoot-out, 6 killed
1973 Gold hits record $102.50 an ounce in London
1973 Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, last airs on NBC-TV
1973 Skylab launched, 1st Space Station
1973 U.S. Supreme Court approves equal rights to females in military
1972 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner and Jean Stapleton
1972 In Willie Mays 1st game as a New York Met his homer beats San Francisco Giants, 5-4
1970 Cops kill 2 students in racial disturbance (Jackson State U, Miss)
1970 Harry A Blackmun appointed to Supreme Court
1970 New York City local newspaper "Our Town" begins publishing
1970 RAF-leader Andreas Baader freed after serving 2 years in West Berlin
1969 Abortion and contraception legalized in Canada
1969 Last Chevrolet Corsair built
1968 Beatles announce formation of Apple Corp
1968 Czechoslovakian government announces liberalizing reforms under Alexander Dubcek
1968 RAF-leader Andreas Baader sentenced to 3 years in West Berlin
1967 Mickey Mantle's 500th home run off Oriole's Stu Miller
1966 A Lover's Concerto by Mrs. Miller hits #95
1965 2nd Chinese atom bomb explodes
1965 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Underground America Day is 1st observed
1963 Kuwait is 111th member of the United Nations
1962 Ex-president Milovan Djilas sentenced to 5 years
1962 Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
1962 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1961 Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed and burned in Alabama
1961 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open
1960 "At the Drop of a Hat" closes at John Golden New York City after 216 performances
1960 U.S.S.R. launch 1st (unmanned) space capsule
1960 Virgil Thomson's "Missa Pro Defunctis," premieres in Potsdam, New York
1957 "New Girt in Town" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 432 performances
1957 Bob Merrill's musical "New Girl in Town," premieres in New York City
1955 U.S. performs nuclear test at Pacific Ocean
1955 Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania
1954 Belgium shortens military conscription from 20 to 18 months
1951 "Flahooley" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 40 performances
1951 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
1951 Sammy Fain/EY Harburg's musical "Flahooley," premieres in New York City
1950 Pittsburgh Johnny Hopp goes 6 for 6 including 2 home runs
1949 "Love Life" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City 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
1948 Israel declares independence from British administration
1948 Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael's 1st broadcast
1948 Jordan's Arab League captures Atarot, north of Jerusalem
1948 U.S. grants Israel de facto recognition
1948 U.S. performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1948 WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, New York (CBS) begins broadcasting
1946 Paul Hindemith's "For Those We Love," premieres
1945 Kamikaze-Zero strikes U.S. aircraft carrier Enterprise
1945 U.S. offensive on Okinawa, Sugar Loaf conquered
1944 91 German bombers harass Bristol
1944 British troops occupy Kohima
1944 General Rommel, Speidel and von Stulpnagel attempt to assassinate Hitler
1942 U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) forms
1941 3,600 Parisian Jews arrested
1940 Admiral Furstner departs to England
1940 Boston's Jimmie Foxx home run 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
1938 64th Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
1938 English soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3
1935 Griffith Planetarium opens in Los Angeles, 3rd in US
1935 Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement
1932 "We Want Beer!" parade in New York
1928 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab and suffers a broken leg
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
1921 Florence Allen is 1st woman judge to sentence a man to death
1921 Mussolini's fascists obtains 29 parliament seats
1920 Washington 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
1919 45th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
1919 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical In hac tanta
1918 Indians' Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19)
1918 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington D.C.
1914 Chicago Jim Scott no-hits Cleveland, gives up 2 hits in 10th and loses 1-0
1913 John D. Rockefeller gives $100 million to Rockefeller Foundation
1913 French Hals museum opens in Harleem Netherlands
1913 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends record scorless streak at 56 innings
1910 Canada authorizes issuing of silver dollar coins
1908 1st passenger flight in an airplane
1906 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising
1905 2nd official International soccer match, Netherlands beats Belgium 4-0
1904 1st Olympics in U.S. are held (St. Louis)
1903 President Theodore Roosevelt visits San Francisco
1897 Great Britain signs treaty with emperor Menelik II of Abyssinia
1896 Lowest U.S. temperature in May recorded -10 degrees F - Climax, Colorado
1894 Fire in Boston bleachers spreads to 170 adjoining buildings
1892 Vitesse 1892 soccer team forms in Arnhem
1890 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
1888 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38
1886 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36
1885 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37
1884 Anti-Monopoly party forms in U.S.
1878 Vaseline is 1st sold (registered trademark for petroleum jelly)
1874 Harvard beats McGill University in football, 3 - 0, 1st admission charge at a football game
1864 Battle of Reseca, Georgia -Atlanta-
1863 Battle of Jackson, Mississippi
1862 Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph
1845 Utrecht-Arnhem Railway opens
1842 1st edition of London Illustrated News
1835 Charles Darwin reaches Coquimbo in Northern Chile
1832 Felix Mendelssohn's "Hebrides," premieres
1811 Paraguay gains independence from Spain (National Day)
1804 Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis for Pacific Coast
1800 Friedrich von Schiller's "Macbeth," premieres in Weimar
1796 1st smallpox inoculation administered, by Edward Jenner
1787 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up U.S. constitution
1767 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea
1702 England and Netherlands declares war on France and Spain
1702 Swedish troops under King Charles XII occupy Warsaw
1664 Turkish great Koprulu attacks 120,000 Donau soldiers
1643 Louis XIV (4) becomes king of France
1638 Admiral Adam Westerwolt conquerors Batticaloa, Ceylon
1607 1st permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown, Virginia
1590 Battle at Ivry: French king Henri IV beats Catholic League
1576 Dutch Council of State replaced by Council of Beroerten
1509 Battle of Agnadello, French beat Venitians in Northern Italy
1264 Baron's War fought in England
1264 Battle at Lewes: Simon van Leicester beats English king Henry III
1027 Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, king of France
1004 Henry II the Saint crowned as king of Italy
649 Theodore I ends his reign as Catholic Pope