May 14 in History

May 14 in Pop Culture History

May 14th is…
Buttermilk Biscuit Day
Dance Like a Chicken Day
Decency Day
Underground America Day

1796 – Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England, successfully tested his vaccination for smallpox on eight-year-old James Phipps.

1804 – Lewis and Clark’s expedition left St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

1842 – Alfred Lord Tennyson published Poems.

1850 – The first US. patent (#7,365) for a dishwashing machine was issued to Joel Houghton of Ogden, NY, for an “Improvement in Machines for Washing Table Furniture.”

1897 – The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was performed publicly for the first time near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia.

1925 – Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway was published.

1932 – The first electrical timing device was tested at a track meet between Columbia and Syracuse at Baker Field, NYC.

1939 – Bob Feller pitched a game against the White Sox on Mother’s Day with his family in attendance. One of his pitches was fouled off into the seats, into the face of his own mother, right above the right eye, resulting in her needing seven stitches. Feller also won the game.

1948 – In Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel

1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed between the Soviet Union, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria in response to the West’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1973 – Skylab I was launched.

#1 Hit May 14, 1977 – May 20, 1977: Leo SayerWhen I Need You

#1 Hit  May 14, 1988 – May 27, 1988: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound MachineAnything For You

1998 – 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of Seinfeld.

1998 – Celebrity Deathmatch premiered on MTV

#1 Hit May 14, 2022 – May 20, 2022: Wait for UFuture featuring Drake and Tems

2061 – (fictional) “The Last Question” was asked of the computer Multivac in the Isaac Asimov story of that title.