Today in History: May 14

Today in History: May 14

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1264

King Henry III is captured by his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, at the Battle of Lewes.

1509

At the Battle of Agnadello, the French defeat the Venitians in Northern Italy.

1610

French King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) is assassinated by Fran├žois Ravaillac, a fanatical monk.

1796

English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination.

1804

Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri.

1853

Gail Borden applies for a patent for condensed milk.

1863

Union General Nathanial Banks heads towards Port Hudson along the Mississippi River.

1897

Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph.

1897

""Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia.

1935

A plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.

1940

Holland surrenders to Germany.

1942

The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reaches India.

1948

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.

1961

A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama.

1973

The U.S. space station Skylab is launched.

1991

In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.