On This Day in History, May 14

May 14 is World Migratory Bird Day. At least 4,000 different species of birds migrate. Interesting fun fact, right?

Discover many other interesting historical facts about this day, May 14. Here is a list for you.

  • 1643-Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
  • 1796-The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
  • 1853-Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
  • 1874-McGill University and Harvard met at Cambridge, MA, for the first college football game to charge admission.
  • 1878-The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
  • 1879-Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe.
  • 1913-The Rockefeller Foundation was created by John D. Rockefeller with a gift of $100,000,000.
  • 1942-The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1948-Israel became an independent state.
  • 1955-The Warsaw Pact was established.
  • 1959-Federal Agents in the USA carried out a series of raids across the nation as part of a nationwide crackdown on illegal lotteries and gambling.
  • 1964-Following US refusal to help finance the building of the Aswan Dam, President Gamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev marked the beginning of the project by diverting the Nile.
  • 1967-Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run.
  • 1969-Jacqueline Susann’s second novel, “The Love Machine,” was published by Simon and Schuster.
  • 1970-The Red Army Faction began operations.
  • 1973-Skylab blasted off into orbit.
  • 1985-Ray Kroc’s first McDonald’s restaurant became the first fast-food business museum.
  • 1996-A tornado hit 80 villages in northern Bangladesh.
  • 1998-The final episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” aired after nine years on NBC.
  • 1999-Jess Marlow received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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