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On this day in history - May 14

What Happened On This Day – May 14

  • 1973 Skylab blasts off into orbit

    The United States' first space station crashed back to Earth on July 11, 1979, four years ahead of schedule. In its six years of service, the laboratory was used for many biomedical and technological experiments.

  • 1970 The Red Army Faction (RAF) begins operations

    The German left-wing activist group grew out of the peace and anti-imperialist movement of the 1960s. In reaction to the violent oppression by the German state, they later began operating as a terrorist cell and are responsible for several murders.

  • 1955 The Warsaw Pact is established

    Eight communist bloc countries signed the mutual defense treaty, which played an important role during the Cold War as an antagonist of NATO.

  • 1948 Israel becomes an independent state

    The announcement by Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, triggered a 10-month armed conflict known as the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. It started the day after the proclamation as troops of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan and Iraq invaded the young nation.

  • 1796 The first smallpox vaccination is administered

    The British physician, Edward Jenner, successfully inoculated an 8-year-old smallpox patient using material from a cowpox lesion. The word “vaccine” is derived from the Latin word for cow (vacca).

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
May 14

  • 1984 Mark Zuckerberg

    American computer programmer, businessman, co-founder of Facebook

  • 1977 Roy Halladay

    American baseball player

  • 1969 Cate Blanchett

    Australian actress

  • 1923 Adnan Pachachi

    Iraqi politician

  • 1922 Franjo Tuđman

    Croatian general, politician, 1st President of Croatia

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Deaths On This Day,
May 14

  • 2015 B.B. King

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer

  • 1998 Frank Sinatra

    American singer, actor

  • 1987 Rita Hayworth

    American actress, dancer

  • 1940 Emma Goldman

    Lithuanian/American activist, writer

  • 1881 Mary Seacole

    Jamaican/English nurse