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May 14th History

May 14

1796 - British physician Edward Jenner carries out the first successful vaccination against smallpox.

1801 - Pasha Yusuf Karamanli of Tripoli declares war on the US.

1804 - Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from St Louis to find an overland route to the Pacific.

1847 - HMS Driver arrives at Spithead on the south coast of England, completing the first round the world voyage by a steamship.

1900 - The second modern Olympic Games open in Paris and this time women are allowed to compete.

1948 - Atlantic Records is founded in the USA by Ahmet Ertegun, son of the Turkish ambassador to the USA.

1955 - The Eastern bloc signs the Warsaw Pact.

1956 - A British frogman disappears while bugging the underside of President Khruschev's warship in Portsmouth.

1968 - French workers go on a one day strike to support demonstrating students.

1973 - Space exploration entered a new era today as the US space station Skylab 1 blasted off for orbit. Successive three man crews will live on the space station for weeks on the end. Skylab is the converted third stage of a Saturn 5 rocket.

1987 - A coup takes place in Fiji, aimed at curbing the influence of Indian migrants in government.

1990 - Anti Semitism resurfaces in France with the desecration of a Jewish grave at Carpentras cemetery.