Looking Back: On May 14…

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Virginia Wolf

Virginia Wolf

In 1607, an expedition led by Edward Maria WingfieldChristopher Newport and John Smith established Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in North America.

In 1787, with George Washington presiding, delegates convened a constitutional convention in Philadelphia, Pa., to write a new Constitution for the United States.

In1804, the Lewis and Clark Expedition departed from Camp Dubois and began its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River.

In 1870, the first game of rugby in New Zealand was played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.

In 1889, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children was launched in London.

In 1897, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” was first performed in public near Willow Grove Park in PhiladelphiaPa.

In 1913, New York Gov. William Sulzer approved the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which began operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller.

In 1925, Virginia Woolf‘s novel “Mrs Dalloway” is published.

In 1935, the Philippines ratified an independence agreement.

In 1939, Lina Medina became the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of 5.

In 1940, the World War II Battle of the Netherlands ended with the Netherlands surrendering to Germany.

In 1948, Israel was declared to be an independent state and a provisional government was established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel was attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

In 1951, trains ran on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.

In 1955, eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, signed a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.

In 1961, the Freedom Riders bus was fire-bombed near Anniston, Ala., and civil rights protesters were beaten by an angry mob.

In 1963, Kuwait joined the United Nations.

In 1973, Skylab, the United States’ first space station, was launched.

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