On This Day: May 14th

I’ll be posting a few fun little things that happened on this day in history. I’ll also add my own commentary to the mix now and then as well.

Note: Not all events will be pleasant, but I promise to throw in as many quirky and pleasant ones as I can to balance.

May 14th:

1796 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire

1948 Israel declares independence from British administration

1607 English colonists establish the 1st permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. Unknown to them they have landed amidst the worst drought in 800 years.

1610 Henry IV of France is assassinated by fanatical Catholic François Ravaillac who stabs him to death in the streets of Paris

1767 British government disbands Americans import duty on tea

1787 Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution

1842 Illustrated London News; the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper, begins publication

1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place

1878 Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)

1889 The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is launched in London

1908 1st passenger flight in an airplane

1913 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends MLB record scoreless streak at 56 innings

My source and more facts at On This Day

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