1264 King Henry III is captured by his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, at the Battle of Lewes. 1509 At the Battle of Agnadello, the French defeat the Venitians in Northern Italy. 1610 French King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) is assassinated by François Ravillac, a fanatical monk. 1796 English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination. 1804 Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri. 1853 Gail Borden applies for a patent for condensed milk. 1863 Union General Nathanial Banks heads towards Port Hudson along the Mississippi River. 1897 Guglielmo Marconi sends first communication by wireless telegraph. 1897 "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia. 1935 A plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies an independence agreement. 1940 Holland surrenders to Germany. 1942 The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reach India. 1948 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel. 1961 A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama. 1969 Three companies of the 101st Airborne Division fail to push North Vietnamese forces off Hill 937 in South Vietnam. 1973 The U.S. space station Skylab is launched. 1991 In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.
Born on May 14
1533 Margaret of Valois, queen consort of Navarre. 1686 Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, German physicist, instrument maker, inventor of the thermometer. 1727 Thomas Gainsborough, painter ("Blue Boy"). 1771 Thomas Wedgwood, English physicist, photography pioneer. 1897 Sidney Bechet, jazz clarinetist and soprano saxaphone player. 1933 Richard P. Brickner, novelist (The Broken Year). 1944 George Lucas, film director and producer (Star Wars). 1946 Robert Jarvik, American physician.
May 14 Music History:
1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to a Los Angles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged its-self in one of his lungs. 1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles". 1963, The Beatles appeared at The Rink Ballroom, Sunderland, England. 1967, gigs around the UK; Jimi Hendrix played at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Manchester, The Bee Gees appeared at The Beachcomber in Nottingham and Alan Price played at the Coatham Hotel in Redcar. 1969, During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group's 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn. 1976, 33 year old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things'. 1977, Talking Heads played a gig at The Rock Garden in London where Brian Eno who was in the audience sees them and goes on to produce the band. 1977, Leo Sayer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song 'When I Need You', the singers second US No.1, also No.1 in the UK. 1983, Spandau Ballet scored their first and only UK No.1 album with 'True.' The title track from the album spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK singles charts and reached No.2 in the US. Other singles from the album included 'Gold' (a No.2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), 'Lifeline', and 'Communication'. 1988, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Anything For You', a No.10 hit in the UK. 1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King. 1990, Lenny Kravitz appeared at the Mayflower, Glasgow, Scotland on his first UK tour. 1993, During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, ‘That's All Right Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group Kiss sold for £20,000, ($35,385). 1994, Scottish band Stiltskin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Inside'. The song had been used on a Levi's TV Jeans commercial. The bands only No.1 and only Top 30 hit. 1997, Mark Morrison was jailed for three months after threatening a police officer with an electric stun gun, he was also ordered to pay £350 costs. 1998, George Michael was fined £500 after being convicted of a "lewd act" in a Los Angeles lavatory. The Los Angeles court also ordered him to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community service. 2000, Madison Avenue went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with, 'Don't Call Me Baby'. They were the first Australian group to have a UK No.1 since Men At Work in 1983. 2000, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Reload' making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new material. 2003, Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company settled a dispute over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories. Spears had filed a $1.5 million breach of agreement lawsuit against Skechers in December, claiming the company failed to pay her adequately. Skechers had responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of the three-year licensing agreement she signed in January 2002. 2004, Phil Spector was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64 year old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set. 2005, A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, ordered rapper 50 Cent to stay clean of drugs and take an anger management course to avoid spending time in jail. The rapper appeared in court charged with assaulting three women at a concert in 2004 after leaping into the crowd. 2006, Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’ the bands ninth studio album, also a US No.1. 2008, Metallica kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.
May 14th: Musicians Born on this day
1936, Born on this day, Bobby Darin, (1959 US & UK No.1 single 'Mack The Knife', plus 20 other US Top 40 hits). He died on 20th December 1973. 1943, Born on this day, Jack Bruce, bass, vocals, Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single 'I Feel Free', 1968 US No.5 single 'Sunshine Of Your Love'). West, Bruce and Laing. 1946, Born on this day, Gene Cornish, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single 'Groovin'). 1946, Born on this day, Lek LecKenby, guitar, Herman's Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good', 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter'). He died on 4th June 1994. 1947, Born on this day, Al Ciner, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single 'Bend Me, Shape Me'). Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Mama Told Me Not To Come'). 1950, Born on this day, Arther Grant, drums, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single 'Out Demons Out'). 1952, Born on this day, David Byrne, guitar, vocals, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single 'Burning Down The House', 1985 UK No.6 single 'Road To Nowhere'), Solo (2002 UK No. 2 single with X-Press, 'Lazy'). 1953, Born on this day, John Rutsey, drummer and founding member of Rush. Died May 11, 2008. 1956, Born on this day, Steve Hogarth, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single 'Kayleigh'). 1960, Born on this day, Shelley Preston, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Making Your Mind Up', plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles). 1962, Born on this day, C.C. Deville, Poison, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.13 single 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'). 1962, Born on this day, Ian Astbury, singer, guitarist, Southern Death Cult, The Cult, (1987 UK No.11 single 'Lil' Devil'). Joined The Doors in 2002. 1963, Born on this day, Fabrice Morvan, vocals, Milli Vanilli, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You'). 1966, Born on this day, Mike Inez, Alice In Chains, (1993 UK No.19 single 'Would'). 1969, Born on this day, Steve Hellier, Dubstar, (1996 UK No.15 single 'Stars'). 1971, Born on this day, Danny Wood, New Kids On The Block, (1989 UK No.1 single 'You Got It, The Right Stuff', 1990 US No.1 single 'Step By Step'). 1973, Born on this day, Natalie Appleton, singer, All Saints, (1998 UK No.1 and US No.4 single 'Never Ever' and 2003 UK No. 5 single as Appleton, 'Don't Worry'). 1973, Born on this day, Shanice, US female singer, (1992 US & UK No.2 single 'I Love Your Smile'). 1976, Born on this day, Martine McCutcheon, singer, actress, (1999, UK No.1 single 'Perfect Moment').