Thursday, May 14, 2015

Today in History: Thursday, May 14, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 14, 1948, the state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end.
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On this date in:
1643Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 on the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1787Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
1796English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox.
1804The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
1904The first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis.
1942Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
1942The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.
1955Representatives from the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland.
1973The United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station.
1998Singer Frank Sinatra died at age 82.
1998The TV series "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.
2001The Supreme Court ruled that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana to ease their pain from cancer, AIDS or other illnesses.
2007DaimlerChrysler said it was selling almost all of Chrysler to a private equity firm for $7.4 billion, backing out of a troubled 1998 takeover.
2007The trial of suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla opened in Miami. (Padilla was later convicted of terrorism conspiracy and sentenced to 17 years in prison.)
2008The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.
2011Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and potential candidate for president of France, was charged with sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid. (He later resigned from the IMF; the charges against him were dropped.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Director- producer George Lucas ("Star Wars" movies) turns 71 years old today.
AP Photo/Evan Agostini
Byron DorganFormer U.S. senator, D-N.D.73
Tony PerezBaseball Hall of Famer73
Robert ZemeckisDirector64
David ByrneRock singer (Talking Heads)63
Tim RothActor54
Cate BlanchettActress46
Sofia CoppolaDirector ("Lost in Translation")44
Roy HalladayBaseball player38
Dan AuerbachRock musician-singer (The Black Keys)36
Frank GoreFootball player32
Amber TamblynActress32
Miranda CosgroveActress ("iCarly," "Drake and Josh")22
Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg turns 31 years old today.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
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