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This Day In History: May 14

This Day in History

1607: Jamestown, VA, is founded, becoming the first permanent English settlement in America.
1796: English physician Edward Jenner begins an experiment that leads to his discovery of the smallpox vaccine.
1804: The Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis to explore the Northwest.
1940: In World War II, the Dutch army surrenders to Germany several hours after the bombing of Rotterdam.
1942: The Women's Army Corps is established.
1948: Israel is proclaimed an independent state.
1973: Skylab, the first U.S. space station, is launched.
2002: NATO and Russia agree on a partnership deal that will increase Russia's influence in NATO affairs without admitting it as an equal partner.

Today's Birthdays

1686: Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, physicist who introduced mercury thermometers and devised the Fahrenheit scale (Danzig, Germany; died 1736)
1727: Thomas Gainsborough, landscape/portrait painter (Sudbury, Sheffield, England; died 1788)
1771: Robert Owen, political philosopher/reformer and pioneer of utopian communities (Newtown, Wales; died 1858)
1907: Muhammad Ayub Khan, president of Pakistan (Rehanna, Pakistan; died 1974)
1925: Patrice Munsel, opera singer (Spokane, WA)
1944: George Lucas, filmmaker (Modesto, CA)
1948: Meg Foster, actress (Reading, PA)
1951: Robert Zemeckis, director (Chicago, IL)
1952: David Byrne, singer/composer and member of the Talking Heads (Dumbarton, Scotland)
1955: Dennis Martinez, baseball pitcher (Granada, Nicaragua)
1961: Tim Roth, actor (London, England)
1977: Roy Halladay, baseball pitcher (Denver, CO)


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