May 14 in Pop Culture History
1796 – Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England successfully tested his vaccination for smallpox on eight year old James Phipps.
1804 – Lewis and Clark 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 first performed in public 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 win 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.
1977 # 1 Hit May 14, 1977 – May 20, 1977: Leo Sayer – When I Need You
1988 # 1 Hit May 14, 1988 – May 27, 1988: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine – Anything For You
1998 – 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of Seinfeld.
1998 – Celebrity Deathmatch premiered on MTV
2061 – (fictional) “The Last Question” was asked of the computer Multivac, in the Isaac Asimov story of that title.
“LET THERE BE LIGHT!”