May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). There are 231 days remaining.

  1. 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the de facto ruler of England.
  2. 1483 - Coronation of Charles VIII of France ("Charles l'Affable").
  3. 1509 - Battle of Agnadello: In northern Italy, French forces defeat the Venetians.
  4. 1607 - Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony.
  5. 1608 - Protestant Union founded in Auhausen.
  6. 1643 - Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
  7. 1747 - A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at first battle of Cape Finisterre.
  8. 1787 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates begin to meet to write a new Constitution for the United States.
  9. 1796 - Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.
  10. 1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begin their historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.
  11. 1811 - Paraguay gains independence from Spain.
  12. 1861 - The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite-type meteorite strikes the earth near Barcelona, Spain.
  13. 1863 - American Civil War: Battle of Jackson (MS).
  14. 1868 - Japanese Boshin War: End of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle, former Shogunate forces withdraw northward to Aizu by way of Nikko.
  15. 1870 - The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
  16. 1889 - The children's charity the NSPCC is launched in London.
  17. 1900 - The 1900 Summer Olympics open in Paris.
  18. 1913 - New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
  19. 1927 - Cap Arcona is launched at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
  20. 1929 - Wilfred Rhodes takes his 4000th first-class wicket during a performance of 9 for 39 at Leyton.
  21. 1931 - Ådalen shootings, five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union manifestation.
  22. 1935 - The Filipinos ratify an independence agreement.
  23. 1935 - Northamptonshire Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, easily a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until 29 May, 1939.
  24. 1939 - Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
  25. 1940 - World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
  26. 1940 - World War II: The Netherlands surrender to Germany.
  27. 1943 - Sinking of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur off the coast of Queensland, by a Japanese submarine.
  28. 1948 - Israel declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel was attacked by the neighboring Arab states.
  29. 1955 - Cold War: Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defence treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
  30. 1961 - American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protestors are beaten by an angry mob.
  31. 1970 - The Red Army Faction is established in Germany.
  32. 1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched. It is the last launch of the Saturn V rocket.
  33. Launch of the Saturn INT-21, carrying the Skylab space station.1977 - In Milan, Italy, during a demonstration of the far-left, a hooded extremist shoots at police, killing a policeman, Antonino Custrà. The scene is photographed and the picture [1] of the hooded man shooting in the middle of the street will appear in many magazines around the world.
  34. 1978 - First round of the presidential elections in Upper Volta.
  35. 1986 - Formula One Italian driver Elio De Angelis has a terrible crash with his Brabham at the Paul Ricard circuit in France during a test session. He will die the next day at the Marseille hospital.
  36. 1988 - Carrollton bus disaster - A drunk driver going the wrong way on a Kentucky highway hits a bus carrying a church youth group, causing the deaths of 27 people in the resulting fire.
  37. 1995 - Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, proclaims six-year-old Gedhun Choekyi Nyima as the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
  38. 1998 - The finale of Seinfeld airs on NBC, with 76 million viewers tuning in.
  39. 2002 - Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.
  40. 2004 - The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturns the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
  41. 2004 - The marriage of Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark and Mary Donaldson takes place in Copenhagen.
  42. 2005 - Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
  43. 2005 - Ex-America (CV-66), a decommissioned supercarrier of the United States Navy, is deliberately sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after four weeks of live-fire exercises. She is the largest ship ever to be disposed of as a target in a military exercise.
  44. 2006 - Massachusetts and New Hampshire declare a state of emergency as a result of massive flooding from the strongest rains to hit the region in a decade.