On This Day…

On This Day…


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After a week that can sometimes feel long and stressful this is our way to slow down for a bit and use Saturday morning to take a “scroll down memory lane.”

It’s a peek back on the pages of history at events that have happened on this day before we head out into a new day. So, grab your favorite sippin’ drink and let’s scroll!

Today is Saturday, May 14th, the 134th day of the year.  There are 231 days until the end of the year.

On this day:

In 1796, Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination against smallpox.

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis, Missouri on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. 

In 1878, Vaseline was first sold and became the registered trademark for petroleum jelly.  The product was developed by Robert A. Chesebrough in Pennsylvania.

In 1897, John Philip Sousa’s march “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” was performed for the very first time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

In 1904, the first Olympic Games held in the United States opened in St. Louis, Missouri. 

In 1913, John D. Rockefeller established the Rockefeller Foundation with a gift of 100-million dollars.

In 1948, Israel was proclaimed an independent state.

In 1969, the last Chevrolet Corvair rolled of the line at the Willow Run assembly plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

In 1970, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young announced they would be breaking up their popular group. 

In 1973, America’s first space station Skylab One launched into orbit on this date. 

In 1975, U.S. forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship “Mayaguez.” 

In 1982, actor Hugh Beaumont died at the age of 73.  He is best known for his role as Ward Cleaver on the classic television show “Leave It To Beaver.”

In 1985, the original McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, was transformed into the first museum of the fast-food business.

In 1987, actress Rita Hayworth died at the age of 68. 

In 1989, the series finale of “Family Ties” aired on NBC.

In 1995, Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evans, was sworn in as head of the NAACP.  

In 1998, “The Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra, died at the age of 82.  The legendary singer, actor appeared in such memorable films as “From Here To Eternity” and “The Manchurian Candidate.” 

In 1998, after nine years on the air, NBC aired the final episode of the hit TV sitcom “Seinfeld.”

In 2000, tens of thousands of mothers rallied in Washington to demand strict control of handguns.

In 2002, almost 30 years after the crime, the trial of the last suspect in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church began in Birmingham, Alabama.  Former Ku Klux Klansman Bobby Frank Cherry was later convicted for his role in the deadly blast that ended the lives of four young African-American church girls. 

In 2003, “The Matrix: Reloaded,” the highly anticipated sequel to the 1998 blockbuster “The Matrix,” starring Keanu Reeves was released in 36-hundred theaters around the country.

In 2003, a New York jury rejected the NAACP’s claim that gun makers are liable for handgun murders.  The civil rights group had argued that gun makers and distributors had not done enough to stop gun violence in urban and black communities.  But the jury said there wasn’t enough evidence. 

In 2004, already facing murder charges in the death of a B-movie actress, rock producer Phil Spector was arrested after an altercation with his chauffeur.  Police arrived on the scene to find Spector and the chauffeur trying to place each other under citizen’s arrest.

In 2004, Oscar winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow gave birth to her first child at a London hospital.  Paltrow and her husband, British singer Chris Martin of the band Coldplay, named their little girl Apple Blythe Alison Martin.

In 2006, NBC aired the series finale of its long running award-winning White House drama “The West Wing.” 

In 2010, Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off for its final planned flight in the space shuttle program after a quarter century of service.

In 2011, the Army Corps of Engineers opened floodgates along the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana to help divert high flood waters from the Mississippi River away from New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  It marked the first time the floodgates had been opened since 1973. 

In 2015, Blues icon B.B. King died in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a federal law that would ban sports gambling in numerous states.

In 2018, the city council in Boulder, Colorado, banned assault weapons.

In 2019, San Fransisco votes against the use of facial recognition. It becomes the first major city to do so.

And that brings us here to this day. So, whatever you have planned for your own 5.14.2022 here’s hoping you have a day worth of moments to record in your own personal history book.

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