May 14 Dateline

Famous Birthdays

1727 - Thomas Gainsborough, Artist
1771 - Thomas Wedgwood, Inventor
1944 - George Lucas, Writer and Director
1952 - David Byrne, Musician
1969 - Cate Blanchett, Actress and Theatre Director

Musician David Byrne

Historical Events

1643 - Louis XIV becomes King of France at the age of four on the death of his father, Louis XIII. 

1796 - English physician Edward Jenner administers the first vaccination against smallpox to his gardener's son.

1832 - Felix Mendelssohn conducts his Hebrides Overture, "Fingal's Cave," in its first performance, in London. Here's a video performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

1878 - Vaseline, a registered trademark for petroleum jelly, is first sold.

1955 - The Warsaw Pact is formed. It includes 8 communist bloc countries: The Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.

1973 - The U.S. Supreme Court approves equal rights for women in the military. until the mid-60s, about 70 percent of enlisted women worked in office jobs. However, on this day, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights endorsed the proposed Federal Equal Rights Amendment.

1984 - Jeane Sauve is appointed as the first woman Governor-General of Canada.

1986 - Anne Frank's complete diary is published.

Video Credit:
Felix Mendelssohn's Fingal's Cave Overture. YouTube, uploaded by Mohab Sameh. Accessed May 14, 2017.


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