On May 14:
1483 Coronation of Charles VIII of France (Charles l’Affable).
1509 Battle of Agnadello: French forces defeated the Venetians.
1610 Henry IV of France was assassinated bringing Louis XIII to the throne.
1643 Four-year-old Louis XIV became King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.
1727 Thomas Gainsborough, English artist ,was born (d. 1788).
1796 Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccination.
1836 The Treaties of Velasco were signed.
1861 The Canellas meteorite, an 859-gram chondrite type meteorite, struck the earth near Barcelona.
1863 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson.
1868 Japanese Boshin War: end of the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle.
1870 The first game of rugby in New Zealand was played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1879 The first group of 463 Indian indentured labourers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1889 The children’s charity the NSPCC was launched in London.
1907 The Plunket Society was formed.
1913 New York Governor William Sulzer approved the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which began operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.
1926 Eric Morecambe, British comedian, was born (d. 1984).
1927 Cap Arcona was launched at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
1929 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, was born.
1931 Ådalen shootings: five people were killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fired on an unarmed trade union demonstration.
1935 The Philippines ratified an independence agreement.
1939 Lina Medina became the world’s youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five.
1940 ‘H’. (Herbert) Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient), was born (d. 1982).
1940 World War II: Rotterdam was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.
1940 World War II: The Netherlands surrendered to Germany.
1940 The Yermolayev Yer-2, a long-range Soviet medium bomber, has its first flight.
1943 A Japanese submarine sank AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland.
1948 Israel was declared to be an independent state and a provisional government established.
1955 Cold War: Eight communist bloc countries signed a mutual defense treaty -the Warsaw Pact.
1966 Fabrice Morvan, French music artist (Milli Vanilli), was born.
1970 The Red Army Faction was established in Germany.
1975 Carlos Spencer, New Zealand rugby player, was born.
1986 Pride of Baltimore was lost at sea.
1988 Carrollton bus collision: a drunk driver travelling the wrong way hit a converted school bus carrying a church youth group killing 27.
2004 The Constitutional Court of South Korea overturned the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia