What happened on May 14? There are more than 308 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 14

May 14 In HistoryMay 14 is the 135th day of the year 2020. There are 231 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday. This day falls under the 20th week of the year 2020.

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The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

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Historical Events For May 14

  • 1264
    Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured and forced to sign the Mise of Lewes, making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England.
  • 1483
    Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).
  • 1509
    Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Venetians.
  • 1607
    Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
  • 1608
    The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
  • 1610
    Henry IV of France is assassinated bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
  • 1643
    Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
  • 1747
    War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
  • 1787
    In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
  • 1796
    Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.
  • 1804
    The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
  • 1811
    Paraguay: Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Yegros and José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia start actions to depose the Spanish governor
  • 1836
    The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
  • 1868
    Boshin War: The Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ends former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikkō.
  • 1870
    The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  • 1879
    The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the ship .
  • 1889
    The children’s charity National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launched in London.
  • 1913
    New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
  • 1925
    Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway is published.
  • 1929
    Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4000th first-class wicket during a performance of 9 for 39 at Leyton; he is the only player in history to have reached that plateau.
  • 1931
    Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
  • 1935
    The Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
  • 1939
    Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  • 1940
    The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet medium bomber, has its first flight.
  • 1940
    World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
  • 1940
    World War II: The Battle of the Netherlands ends with the Netherlands surrendering to Germany.
  • 1943
    A Japanese submarine sinks Ship AHS off the coast of Queensland.
  • 1948
    Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
  • 1951
    Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
  • 1955
    Cold War: Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
  • 1961
    American civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob.
  • 1963
    Kuwait joins the United Nations.
  • 1970
    The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  • 1973
    Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched.
  • 1988
    Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver traveling 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.
  • 2004
    The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.

Who Were Born On May 14?

  • 1316
    Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1378)
  • 1553
    Margaret of Valois, wife of Henry IV (d. 1615)
  • 1630
    Katakura Kagenaga (2nd) (d. 1681)
  • 1666
    Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia (d. 1732)
  • 1679
    Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer (d. 1764)
  • 1699
    Hans Joachim von Zieten, Prussian field marshal (d. 1786)
  • 1701
    William Emerson, English mathematician (d. 1782)
  • 1710
    King Adolf Frederick of Sweden (d. 1771)
  • 1725
    Ludovico Manin, last Doge of the Republic of Venice (d. 1802)
  • 1727
    Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (d. 1788)
  • 1737
    George Mcartney, Irish-born British statesman (d. 1806)
  • 1752
    Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist (d. 1828)
  • 1752
    Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • 1771
    Robert Owen, Welsh social reformer (d. 1858)
  • 1781
    Friedrich Ludwig Georg von Raumer, German historian (d. 1873)
  • 1814
    Charles Beyer, German-British locomotive engineer (d. 1876)
  • 1817
    Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • 1832
    Charles Peace, unusual English criminal
  • 1832
    Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (d. 1903)
  • 1867
    Kurt Eisner, German politician (d. 1919)
  • 1869
    Arthur Rostron, Captain of the Titanic (d. 1940)
  • 1872
    Elia Dalla Costa, Italian Catholic cardinal (d. 1961)
  • 1878
    James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1880
    Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • 1881
    Ed Walsh, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • 1881
    G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1885
    Otto Klemperer, German-born conductor (d. 1973)
  • 1890
    Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • 1893
    Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1897
    Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • 1897
    Sidney Bechet, American musician (d. 1959)
  • 1899
    Earle Combs, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1899
    Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1900
    Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • 1900
    Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • 1900
    Leo Smit, Dutch composer (d. 1943)
  • 1900
    Walter Rehberg, Swiss concert pianist, composer and writer (d. 1957)
  • 1901
    Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • 1903
    Billie Dove, American actress (d. 1997)
  • 1904
    Hans Albert Einstein, Swiss-born American professor, son of Albert Einstein and Mileva Marić (d. 1973)
  • 1904
    Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • 1905
    Herbert Morrison, American radio announcer (d. 1989)
  • 1905
    Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • 1907
    Ayub Khan, President of Pakistan (d. 1974)
  • 1907
    Hans von der Groeben, German diplomat (d. 2005)
  • 1907
    Johnny Moss, American professional poker player (d. 1995)
  • 1908
    Betty Jeffrey, Australian nurse, World War II Japanese prisoner (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Del Moore, American comedian (d. 1970)
  • 1916
    Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • 1916
    Marco Zanuso, Italian architect (d. 2001)
  • 1917
    Lou Harrison, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1919
    John Hope, American meteorologist (d. 2002)
  • 1919
    Solange Chaput-Rolland, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1921
    Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Richard Deacon, American actor (d. 1984)
  • 1922
    Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1923
    Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi politician
  • 1923
    Mrinal Sen, Indian film director
  • 1925
    Al Porcino, American jazz trumpet player
  • 1925
    Oona O'Neill, widow of Charlie Chaplin (d. 1991)
  • 1925
    Patrice Munsel, American opera soprano
  • 1925
    Sophie Kurys, American baseball player
  • 1926
    Eric Morecambe, British comedian (d. 1984)
  • 1927
    Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • 1928
    Brian Macdonald, Canadian dancer
  • 1928
    Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • 1928
    Will “Dub” Jones, American singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000)
  • 1929
    Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer
  • 1929
    Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Henry McGee, British actor, straight man to Benny Hill (d. 2006)
  • 1931
    Alvin Lucier, American composer
  • 1932
    Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • 1933
    Frank Harte, Irish singer and song collector
  • 1933
    Michael Chevalier, German voice actor
  • 1934
    Siân Phillips, Welsh actress
  • 1935
    Rudi Šeligo, Slovenian writer and politician (d. 2004)
  • 1936
    Bobby Darin, American singer (d. 1973)
  • 1936
    Charlie Gracie, American singer
  • 1936
    Waheeda Rehman, Indian actress
  • 1940
    'H'. Jones, British Soldier, VC recipient (d. 1982)
  • 1940
    Troy Shondell, American singer
  • 1942
    Byron Dorgan, American politician
  • 1942
    Prentis Hancock, British actor
  • 1942
    Rüdiger Vogler, German actor
  • 1942
    Tony Pérez, Cuban baseball player
  • 1942
    Valeriy Brumel, Soviet high jumper (d. 2003)
  • 1943
    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • 1943
    Derek Leckenby, British musician (Herman’s Hermits) (d. 1994)
  • 1943
    Elizabeth Ray, American sex scandal figure
  • 1943
    Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist (Cream)
  • 1944
    George Lucas, American film director
  • 1945
    Francesca Annis, British actress
  • 1945
    George Nicholls, British rugby league footballer
  • 1945
    Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • 1947
    Tamara Dobson, American actress (d. 2006)
  • 1948
    Bob Woolmer, English cricket coach (d. 2007)
  • 1949
    Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist
  • 1949
    Walter Day, founder of Twin Galaxies
  • 1950
    Adolfo Dominguez, Spanish fashion designer
  • 1952
    David Byrne, Scottish-born American musician (Talking Heads)
  • 1952
    Donald R. McMonagle, American astronaut
  • 1952
    Robert Zemeckis, American film director
  • 1952
    Scott Irwin, American wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1953
    John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush) (d. 2008)
  • 1953
    Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • 1953
    Tom Cochrane, Canadian musician (Red Rider)
  • 1954
    Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • 1955
    Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball player
  • 1955
    Peter Kirsten, South African cricketer
  • 1957
    Big Van Vader (born Leon White), American professional wrestler
  • 1958
    Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • 1958
    Jan Ravens, English impressionist
  • 1959
    Patrick Bruel, French singer
  • 1959
    Rick Vaive, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1959
    Steve Hogarth, British singer (Marillion)
  • 1960
    “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, American wrestler (d. 2009)
  • 1960
    Anne Clark, English singer
  • 1960
    Ronan Tynan, Irish singer
  • 1961
    Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1961
    David Quantick, writer
  • 1961
    Jean Leclerc, French-Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1961
    Tim Roth, English actor
  • 1961
    Ulrike Folkerts, German actress
  • 1962
    C. C. DeVille, American musician (Poison)
  • 1962
    Danny Huston, American actor
  • 1962
    Ian Astbury, English singer (The Cult)
  • 1963
    Pat Borders, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Eric Peterson, American musician (Testament)
  • 1964
    James M. Kelly, American astronaut
  • 1964
    Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
  • 1965
    Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • 1966
    Fabrice Morvan, French music artist (Milli Vanilli)
  • 1966
    Marianne Denicourt, French actress
  • 1966
    Mike Inez, American bassist (Alice in Chains, Black Label Society)
  • 1966
    Raphael Saadiq, American vocalist and bassist (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
  • 1967
    Tony Siragusa, American football player
  • 1969
    Cate Blanchett, Australian actress
  • 1969
    Danny Wood, American singer (New Kids on the Block)
  • 1969
    Sabine Schmitz, German race driver and television personality
  • 1971
    Nasha Aziz, Malaysian actress and model
  • 1971
    Sofia Coppola, American director
  • 1972
    Gabriel Mann, American actor
  • 1972
    Mark Ruskell, England-born Scottish politician
  • 1973
    Anais Granofsky, Canadian actress and director
  • 1973
    Julian White, English rugby player
  • 1973
    Natalie Appleton, Canadian-born singer
  • 1973
    Shanice, American singer
  • 1973
    Voshon Lenard, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Jennifer Allan, American model
  • 1974
    Krister Axel, American poet and songwriter
  • 1975
    Nicki Sørensen, Danish road bicycle racer
  • 1976
    Brian Lawrence, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Hunter Burgan, American bassist (AFI)
  • 1976
    Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • 1977
    Ada Nicodemou, Australian actress
  • 1977
    Pusha T, American Rapper
  • 1977
    Roy Halladay, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Sophie Anderton, English model and television personality
  • 1978
    André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • 1978
    Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • 1978
    Eddie House, American basketball player
  • 1978
    Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1979
    Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1979
    Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • 1979
    Edwige Lawson-Wade, French Basketball player
  • 1980
    Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • 1980
    Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union player
  • 1980
    Júlia Sebestyén, Hungarian figure skater
  • 1980
    Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer
  • 1982
    Ai Shibata, Japanese swimmer
  • 1982
    BeardyMan, English beatboxer
  • 1983
    Amber Tamblyn, American actress
  • 1983
    Anahí, Mexican actress and singer (RBD)
  • 1983
    Frank Gore, American football player
  • 1983
    Keeley Donovan, English news and weather presenter
  • 1983
    Tom Welham, British musician (Thirteen Senses)
  • 1983
    Uroš Slokar, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1984
    Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer
  • 1984
    Luke Gregerson, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur, co-founder of Facebook
  • 1984
    Michael Rensing, German footballer
  • 1984
    Nigel Reo-Coker, English footballer
  • 1984
    Olly Murs, English singer
  • 1985
    Sally Martin, New Zealand actress
  • 1985
    Simona Peycheva, Bulgarian rhythmic gymnast
  • 1985
    Zack Ryder, American professional wrestler
  • 1986
    Alyosha, Ukrainian singer
  • 1986
    Andrea Bovo, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Camila Sodi, Mexican actress
  • 1986
    Sarbel, Greek-born singer
  • 1987
    François Steyn, South African rugby union player
  • 1987
    Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1988
    Jayne Appel, American basketball player
  • 1990
    Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer
  • 1993
    Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer

Who Died On May 14?

  • 964
    Pope John XII
  • 1470
    Charles VIII of Sweden, king of Sweden and Norway (b. 1409)
  • 1574
    Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (b. 1479)
  • 1608
    Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1543)
  • 1610
    King Henry IV of France (b. 1553)
  • 1643
    King Louis XIII of France (b. 1601)
  • 1649
    Friedrich Spanheim, Swiss theologian (b. 1600)
  • 1669
    Georges de Scudéry, French writer (b. 1601)
  • 1688
    Antoine Furetière, French writer (b. 1619)
  • 1754
    Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (b. 1692)
  • 1761
    Thomas Simpson, British mathematician (b. 1710)
  • 1818
    Matthew Gregory Lewis, English novelist (b. 1775)
  • 1847
    Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist (b. 1805)
  • 1860
    Ludwig Bechstein, German writer (b. 1801)
  • 1873
    Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and writer (b. 1797)
  • 1878
    Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the “three great nobles” who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)
  • 1887
    Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • 1889
    Volney E. Howard, American politician (b. 1809)
  • 1893
    Ernst Kummer, German mathematician (b. 1810)
  • 1906
    Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (b. 1829)
  • 1912
    August Strindberg, Swedish playwright, novelist and essayist (b. 1849)
  • 1912
    King Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1843)
  • 1918
    James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (b. 1841)
  • 1919
    Henry J. Heinz, German-American businessman, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company (b. 1844)
  • 1923
    Charles de Freycinet, Prime Minister of France (b. 1828)
  • 1925
    H. Rider Haggard, English author (b. 1856)
  • 1931
    David Belasco, American theatrical producer (b. 1853)
  • 1931
    Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (b. 1887)
  • 1934
    Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • 1936
    Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, British general (b. 1861)
  • 1940
    Emma Goldman, Lithuanian-born anarchist (b. 1869)
  • 1943
    Henri La Fontaine, Belgian lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1945
    Heber J. Grant, seventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1856)
  • 1954
    Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • 1956
    Joan Malleson, English physician (b. 1889)
  • 1957
    Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
  • 1959
    Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal, mother of Empress Zita of Austria (b. 1862)
  • 1959
    Sidney Bechet, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1897)
  • 1962
    Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • 1968
    Husband E. Kimmel, American admiral (b. 1882)
  • 1969
    Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
  • 1970
    Billie Burke, American actress (b. 1884)
  • 1973
    Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist and poet (b. 1905)
  • 1976
    Keith Relf, British singer and musician (The Yardbirds) (b. 1943)
  • 1980
    Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (b. 1912)
  • 1982
    Hugh Beaumont, American actor (b. 1909)
  • 1982
    Lady of Ro, Greek patriot (b. 1890)
  • 1983
    Miguel Alemán Valdés, President of Mexico (b. 1900)
  • 1983
    Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • 1984
    Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • 1985
    Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress (b. 1959)
  • 1987
    Rita Hayworth, American actress (b. 1918)
  • 1987
    Vitomil Zupan, Slovenian writer (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Willem Drees, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (b. 1886)
  • 1989
    Mary Lalopoulou, Greek actress (b. 1926)
  • 1991
    Jiang Qing, widow of Mao Zedong (b. 1914)
  • 1992
    Lyle Alzado, American football player (b. 1949)
  • 1992
    Nie Rongzhen, Chinese Communist military leader (b. 1899)
  • 1993
    Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal (b. 1953)
  • 1993
    William Randolph Hearst Jr., American newspaper magnate (b. 1908)
  • 1995
    Christian B. Anfinsen, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 1997
    Harry Blackstone, Jr., American stage magician (b. 1934)
  • 1998
    Frank Sinatra, American singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • 2000
    Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • 2001
    Gil Langley, Australian cricketer, footballer and politician (b. 1919)
  • 2003
    Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player (b. 1940)
  • 2003
    Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2003
    Wendy Hiller, British actress (b. 1912)
  • 2004
    Anna Lee, British actress (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Eva Norvind, Mexican actress (b. 1944)
  • 2006
    Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 2007
    Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • 2010
    Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)

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