About May 14

May 14, 2021 is the 134th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 231 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 263 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 14

  • 1509
    Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Venetians.
  • 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
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • 1935
    The Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
  • 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.
  • 1973
    Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched.
  • 2004
    The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.

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