May 14

1796

Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccine to 8-year-old James Phipps.

1804

The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.

1904

The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.

1948

British rule in Palestine came to an end as The Jewish National Council proclaimed the State of Israel. Within hours, Israel was under attack from Arab forces.

1955

The Warsaw Pact was signed by the Soviet Union and seven other Communist bloc countries. It finally dissolved in 1991.

1973

Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched into orbit.

1998

Frank Sinatra died at the age of 82.

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