May 14 in Pop Culture History

May 14 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

May 14 History Highlights

  • 1607 – Jamestown, Virginia was settled as an English colony.
  • 1796 – Edward Jenner, “the father of immunology, administered the first smallpox inoculation.
  • 1948 – Israel was declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established.
  • If you were born on May 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… August 21st (prior year)

Stars and Stripes Forever Day

Stars and Stripes Forever was first performed at Willow Grove Park, just outside Philadelphia, on May 14, 1897. John Philip Sousa wrote that he composed it on Christmas Day, 1896, while on an ocean liner on his way home from a vacation with his wife in Europe and had just learned of the recent death of David Blakely, the manager of the Sousa Band. He composed the march in his head and wrote the tune and lyrics paper on arrival in the United States.

May 14 is…

Buttermilk Biscuit Day
Dance Like a Chicken Day
Stars and Stripes Forever Day

May 14 Birthday Quotes

“Fools talk of imitation and copying, all is imitation.”
– Thomas Gainsborough

“Forget the audience, make what you want to see.”
– Sofia Coppola

“It isn’t true that you live only once. You only die once. You live lots of times if you know how.”
– Bobby Darin

“People will remember you better if you always wear the same outfit.”
– David Byrne

“The one way the world hasn’t changed: teaching is still the most important job.”
– George Lucas

“No matter how many obstacles that are thrown in our path, there are ways to accept them and to live through them.”
– Robert Zemeckis

“If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously.”
– Cate Blanchett

May 14 Birthdays

1727 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (died in 1788)
1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (died in 1973)
1944 – George Lucas, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1952 – David Byrne, Scottish singer-songwriter
1952 – Robert Zemeckis, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1966 – Fab Morvan, French singer-songwriter, dancer and model
1969 – Cate Blanchett, Australian actress
1971 – Sofia Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1993 – Miranda Cosgrove, American actress

May 14 History

1796 – Edward Jenner, a doctor from Gloucestershire, England successfully tested his vaccination for smallpox on eight-year-old James Phipps.

1804 – Lewis and Clark’s expedition left St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

1842 – Alfred Lord Tennyson published Poems.

1850 – The first US. patent (#7,365) for a dishwashing machine was issued to Joel Houghton of Ogden, NY, for an “Improvement in Machines for Washing Table Furniture”.

1878 – The last witchcraft trial was held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers. The case was dismissed.

1897 – The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa was first performed in public near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia.

1925 – Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway was published.

1932 – The first electrical timing device was tested at a track meet between Columbia and Syracuse at Baker Field, NYC.

1948 – In Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel

1955 – The Warsaw Pact was signed between the Soviet Union, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Bulgaria in response to the west’s North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1973 – Skylab I was launched.

1977 #1 Hit May 14, 1977 – May 20, 1977: Leo SayerWhen I Need You

1988 #1 Hit May 14, 1988 – May 27, 1988: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound MachineAnything For You

1998 – 76.3 million people tuned in for the series finale of Seinfeld.

1998 – Celebrity Deathmatch premiered on MTV

#1 Hit May 14, 2022 – May 20, 2022: Wait for UFuture featuring Drake and Tems

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation. Daffy Duck steps off a cliff, expecting further pastureland. He loiters in midair, soliloquizing flippantly until he chances to look down. > At this point, the familiar principle of 32 feet per second per second takes over.

The ideal height for you to drop your buttered toast from if you want it to land butter side up is eight feet.

When someone says “9 out of 10 forest fires are caused by humans,” all I hear is… “There’s a bear out their that knows how to use matches.”

The Capital of Suriname is Paramaribo

There are three types of people. Sheep, Wolves, and Sheep Dogs.

Somebody who has an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony has an EGOT while somebody who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar just has an EGO.

Anosmia is the inability to smell – it is the nose’s equivalent to blindness or deafness.

“The stuff that dreams are made of.” – Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in Maltese Falcon, The Maltese Falcon, 1941

The word “mortgage” means “death pledge” in Old French.

US President #12 Zachary Taylor (1849-1850) Never living in one spot long enough to register, he never voted until 1848. Although he never told, we’re pretty sure he voted for himself.

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