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Wednesday May 14, 2014

  • 134th Day of 2014 231 Remaining
  • Summer Begins in 38 Days
  • Sunrise 5:59
  • Sunset 8:12
  • 14 Hours 13 Minutes

  • Moon Rise 8:23pm
  • Moon Set 6:03am
  • Full Moon @12:18pm

  • High Tide 12:05pm/11:10pm
  • Low Tide 5:20am/5:05pm

  • Holidays
  • National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • National Dance Like a Chicken Day
  • Jamestown Day
  • Jamestown Founding Day
  • National Train Day
  • "The Stars and Stripes Forever" Day
  • Underground America Day

  • National Windmill Day-Netherlands
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Unification & Integration Day-Liberia

  • Bike To Work Week

  • On This Day In …
  • 1643 --- Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 on the death of his father, Louis XIII.

  • 1787 --- Delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin to assemble in Philadelphia to confront a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as defined by the Article 
    of Confederation. Although the convention was originally supposed to begin on May 14, James Madison reported that a small number only had assembled. Meetings had to be pushed back until May 25, when a sufficient quorum of the participating states—Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia—had arrived.

  • 1796 --- Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administers the world's first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox, a disease that had killed millions of people over the centuries.

  • 1804 --- One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

  • 1842 --- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, publishes a volume called Poems. While the 32-year-old poet had already published several other 
    books of verse, Poems, which included works like "Ulysses" and "Morte D'Arthur," was considered his best work to date. The book confirmed his growing stature as a poet after more than a decade of writing.

  • 1853 --- Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.

  • 1878 --- Vaseline petroleum jelly was trademarked by Robert August Chesebrough.

  • 1897 --- A statue of George Washington was unveiled in Philadelphia, PA. To commemorate the occasion, John Philip Sousa’s march, The Stars and Stripes Forever, was performed. It was the first public performance for 
    Sousa’s march and the President of the U.S., William McKinley, was in the audience.

  • 1897 --- Guglielmo Marconi made the first communication by wireless telegraph.

  • 1904 --- The Third Olympiad of the modern era, and the first Olympic Games to be held in the Untied States, opens in St. Louis, Missouri. The 1904 Games were actually initially awarded to 
    Chicago, Illinois, but were later given to St. Louis to be staged in connection with the St. Louis World Exposition. Like the Second Olympiad, held in Paris in 1900, the St. Louis Games were poorly organized and overshadowed by the world's fair.

  • 1913 --- John D. Rockefeller made the largest gift of money (to that time) by establishing the Rockefeller Foundation for $100,000,000. The foundation promotes “the well-being of mankind throughout the world.”

  • 1914 --- Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson throws his 54th consecutive scoreless inning in Sportsman Park, Illinois, leading his Washington Senators to victory over the St. Louis 
    Browns, 10-5. With the win, Johnson broke a 1910 record set by Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics, who threw 53 innings in a row without letting up a run.

  • 1937 --- Duke Ellington and his band recorded the classic, Caravan, for Brunswick Records.

  • 1942 --- The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.

  • 1948 --- In Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, 
    Ben-Gurion pronounced the words "We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine, to be called Israel," prompting applause and tears from the crowd gathered at the museum. Ben-Gurion became Israel's first premier.

  • 1955 --- The Soviet Union and seven of its European satellites sign a treaty establishing the Warsaw Pact, a mutual defense organization that put the Soviets in command of the armed forces of the member states.

  • 1969 --- In his first full-length report to the American people concerning the Vietnam War, President Nixon responds to the 10-point plan offered by the National Liberation Front at the 16th plenary session of the Paris talks on May 8. The NLF's 10-point program for an "overall solution" to the war included an unconditional withdrawal of  United States and Allied troops from Vietnam; the establishment of a coalition government and the holding of free elections; the demand that the South Vietnamese settle their own affairs "without foreign interference"; and the eventual reunification of North and South Vietnam. In his speech, Nixon responded to the communist plan by proposing a phased, mutual withdrawal of major portions of U.S. Allied and North Vietnamese forces from South Vietnam over a 12-month period.

  • 1973 --- Skylab, America's first space station, is successfully launched into an orbit around t1he earth. Eleven days later, U.S. astronauts Charles Conrad, Joseph Kerwin, and Paul Weitz made a rendezvous with Skylab, repairing a jammed solar panel and conducting scientific experiments during their 28-day stay aboard the space station.

  • 1975 --- U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia. About 40 servicemen were killed in the military operation. 

  • 1985 --- The first McDonald’s restaurant, in Des Plains, Illinois, became the first fast food museum.

  • 1991 --- Two diesel trains carrying commuters crash head-on, killing more than 40 people and injuring 400 near Shigaraki, Japan. This was the worst rail disaster in Japan since a November 1963 Yokohama crash killed 160 people.

  • 1998 --- The TV series "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.

  • 2007 --- European-American carmaker DaimlerChrysler, created in 1998 in a $36 billion merger, announces that it is selling 80.1 percent of the Chrysler group to the U.S. private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.

  • 2008 --- The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of Foie Gras.

  • Birthdays
  • David Byrne
  • Meg Foster
  • Jack Bruce
  • George Lucas
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • Tim Roth
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Rank Gore
  • Amber Tamblyn
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Otto Klemperer
  • Patrice Munsel
  • Bobby Darin