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May 14th Today's Highlights in History

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Friday, May 14th
The 134th day of 2010.
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Today's Highlights in History

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   On May 14, 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed as British rule in Palestine came to an end. (Go to article.)

On May 14, 1885, Otto Klemperer, who was one of the foremost German conductors, was born. Following his death on July 6, 1973, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
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   On May 14, 1881, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about the high price of gas. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1643    Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 on the death of his father, Louis XIII.

1787    Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.

1796    English physician Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox.

1804    The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.

1904    The first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis.

1942    Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

1942    The Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.

1955    Representatives from the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries signed the Warsaw Pact in Poland.

1973    The United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station.

1998    Singer Frank Sinatra died at age 82.

1998    The TV series "Seinfeld" aired its final episode.

2001    The Supreme Court ruled that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana to ease their pain from cancer, AIDS or other illnesses.

2007    DaimlerChrysler said it was selling almost all of Chrysler to private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management for $7.4 billion, backing out of a troubled 1998 takeover.

2008    The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.

2008    Justine Henin became the first woman to retire from tennis while ranked No. 1 in the world.

Current Birthdays

Mark Zuckerberg turns 26 years old today.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg turns 26 years old today.

68    Byron Dorgan
U.S. senator, D-N.D.

68    Tony Perez
Baseball Hall of Famer

67    Jack Bruce
Rock musician (Cream)

66    George Lucas
Director, producer ("Star Wars" movies)

58    David Byrne
Rock singer (Talking Heads)

58    Robert Zemeckis

49    Tim Roth

41    Cate Blanchett

39    Sofia Coppola
Director ("Lost in Translation")

33    Roy Halladay
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher

27    Frank Gore
Football player

27    Amber Tamblyn
Actress ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" movies)

17    Miranda Cosgrove
Actress ("iCarly," "Drake and Josh")

Historic Birthdays

Otto Klemperer

5/14/1885 - 7/6/1973
German conductor
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61    Margaret of Valois
5/14/1553 - 3/27/1615
Queen consort of Navarre known mainly for her "Memoires"

71    Francois de Callieres
5/14/1645 - 3/5/1717
French author and diplomat

87    Robert Owen
5/14/1771 - 11/17/1858
Welsh manufacturer and social reformer

69    Sir Frederick Borden
5/14/1847 - 1/6/1917
Canadian statesman; helped create Canadian navy

73    Alton Parker
5/14/1852 - 5/10/1926
American politician; opposed Theodore Roosevelt in 1904

51    Kurt Eisner
5/14/1867 - 2/21/1919
German Socialist journalist and statesman

57    Julian Eltinge
5/14/1883 - 3/7/1941
American vaudeville star and famous female impersonator

87    Al White
5/14/1895 - 7/8/1982
American diver and Olympic gold medalist (1924)

66    Mohammad Ayub
5/14/1907 - 4/19/1974
President of Pakistan (1958-1969)

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