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5/14/2022 1:19:00 AM
Today In History - May 14

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Today in History in 1607 the first permanent English settlement in the New World was settled in Jamestown, Virginia; in 1787 delegates gathered in Philadelphia to draw up the U.S. Constitution; and in 1998 the last episode of Seinfeld aired on NBC.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1607 - 1st permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown, Virginia
  • 1787 - Delegates gather in Philadelphia to draw up US constitution
  • 1796 - English country doctor Edward Jenner administered the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
  • 1948 - Israel declares independence from under British administration
  • 1998 - Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1936 - Bobby Darin, [Walden Waldo Cassotto], Bronx, singer (Mack the Knife)
  • 1944 - George Lucas, Modesto CA, director (Star Wars, Indiana Jones)
  • 1969 - Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (Elizabeth, Galadriel-The Lord of the Rings), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1984 - Mark Zuckerberg, White Plains, New York, American internet entrepreneur and founder of Facebook

Famous Weddings

  • 1771 - King of France Louis XVIII weds princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy at the Palace of Versailles
  • 1962 - Princess Sophia of Greece weds Don Juan Carlos of Spain
  • 1994 - Mayflower Madame Sydney Biddle Barrows (42) weds television producer Darnay Hoffman (46) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
  • 1994 - Software salesman Todd Beamer (25) weds Lisa Brosious in Peekskill, New York
  • 1996 - Actor Antonio Banderas (35) weds actress Melanie Griffith (38) at the Westminster register office in London

Famous Deaths

  • 1919 - Henry John Heinz, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company, dies at 74
  • 1980 - Hugh Griffith, actor (Passover Plot, Ben Hur, Tom Jones), dies at 67
  • 1991 - Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, commits suicide
  • 1998 - Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82
  • 2003 - Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2003 - Robert Stack, American actor (b. 1919)

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