Today in History: On May 14, the Freedom Riders attacked

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 14, the 134th day of 2022. There are 231 days left in the…

Today in History

Today is Saturday, May 14, the 134th day of 2022. There are 231 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On May 14, 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to the invading German forces during World War II.

To this date :

In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at the age of 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.

In 1796, English physician Edward Jenner inoculated 8-year-old James Phipps against smallpox using cowpox material.

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory as well as the Pacific Northwest left camp near present-day Hartford, Illinois.

In 1948, according to the current calendar, the independent State of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv by David Ben Gurion, who became its first Prime Minister; US President Harry S. Truman immediately recognized the new nation.

In 1955, representatives of eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland. (The Pact was dissolved in 1991.)

In 1961, the Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1988, 27 people, mostly teenagers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Kentucky. (Truck driver Larry Mahoney served 9½ years in prison for manslaughter.)

In 1998, singer-actor Frank Sinatra died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 82. The hit sitcom “Seinfeld” aired its last episode after nine years on NBC.

In 2001, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

In 2003, more than 100 immigrants were left in a locked trailer at a Texas truck stop; 19 of them died. (Truck driver Tyrone Williams was later sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for his role in the deaths.)

In 2008, the Home Office declared the polar bear an endangered species due to loss of Arctic sea ice.

In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned doctors about a serious rare inflammatory disease in children linked to the coronavirus.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama sought to tarnish Republican Mitt Romney as a corporate titan who got rich by cutting rather than creating jobs; Romney’s campaign responded that the former Massachusetts governor helped stimulate more public and private jobs than Obama.

Five years ago: Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) took office as France’s new president, pledging to strengthen the European Union, rethink French politics and bring his divided nation back together. Five days after South Korea elected a president who expressed a desire to reach out to North Korea, Pyongyang challenged its rival’s new leader by testing a ballistic missile.

A year ago: Stirring from the battle between Israel and Hamas has spilled over into the West Bank, sparking the most widespread Palestinian protests in years; Hundreds of young protesters in several towns clashed with Israeli troops, who shot and killed at least 11 people, including one who had tried to stab an Israeli soldier. Israel bombarded the northern Gaza Strip with tank fire and airstrikes; A family of six in Gaza was killed when an airstrike crushed their home in what Israel said was an effort to clear tunnels of militants. Demonstrating their allegiance to Donald Trump, Republicans elected Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a Trump stalwart, to a House leadership position that had been held by Trump critic Liz Cheney until she was be dismissed from this position a few days earlier.

Today’s birthdays: Photo-realist artist Richard Estes turns 90. Actress Dame Sian Phillips is 89 years old. Former Senator Byron Dorgan, DN.D., is 80 years old. Film producer George Lucas is 78 years old. Guitarist Gene Cornish is 78 years old. Actor Meg Foster is 74. Director Robert Zemeckis is 71. Rock singer David Byrne is 70 years old. Actor Tim Roth is 61 years old. Rock singer Ian Astbury (The Cult) is 60. Rock musician CC (aka Cecil) DeVille is 60 years old. Actor Danny Huston is 60 years old. Rock musician Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) is 56 years old. Fabrice Morvan (ex-Milli Vanilli) is 56 years old. R&B singer Raphael Saadiq is 56 years old. Actor Cate Blanchett is 53 years old. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 53 years old. Writer-director Sofia Coppola (KOH’-pah-lah) is 51 years old. Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is 50. Actor Gabriel Mann is 50 years old. Singer Natalie Appleton (All Saints) is 49 years old. Singer Shanice is 49 years old. Actress Carla Jimenez is 48. Rock musician Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 44. Alternative country musician-singer Ketch Secor is 44 years old. Rock singer-musician Dan Auerbach is 43 years old. Rock musician Mike Retondo (Plain White T’s) is 41 years old. Actor Amber Tamblyn is 39 years old. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is 38. Actor Lina Esco is 37 years old. NFL player Rob Gronkowski is 33 years old. Actor Miranda Cosgrove is 29 years old.

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