About May 14

May 14, 2020 is the 135th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 231 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 274 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 14

  • 1483
    Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l'Affable).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1931
    Ådalen shootings: five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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