May 14th

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and potential candidate for president of France, was charged with sexually; the charges against him were dropped.) assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid. (He later resigned from the IMF.
New York v. Strauss-Kahn
The Interior Department declared the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.
Polar bear
The trial of suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla opened in Miami. (Padilla was later convicted of terrorism conspiracy and sentenced to 17 years in prison.).
John Yoo
The Supreme Court ruled that there is no exception in federal law for people to use marijuana to ease their pain from cancer, AIDS or other illnesses.
Talk:Cannabis (drug)/Archive 6
Last episode of Seinfeld on NBC (commercials are $2M for 30 seconds).
Skylab blasts off into orbit. The United States' first space station crashed back to Earth on July 11, 1979, four years ahead of schedule. In its six years of service, the laboratory was used for many biomedical and technological experiments.
The Red Army Faction (RAF) begins operations. The German left-wing activist group grew out of the peace and anti-imperialist movement of the 1960s. In reaction to the violent oppression by the German state, they later began operating as a terrorist cell and are responsible for several murders.
Munich massacre
The Warsaw Pact is established. Eight communist bloc countries signed the mutual defense treaty, which played an important role during the Cold War as an antagonist of NATO.
Warsaw Pact
Israel becomes an independent state. The announcement by Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, triggered a 10-month armed conflict known as the Arab-Israeli War of 1948. It started the day after the proclamation as troops of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan and Iraq invaded the young nation.
Israeli Declaration of Independence
Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first performed, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Lincoln Portrait
The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time, in St. Louis, Missouri.
1904 Summer Olympics
The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana Territory left St. Louis.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
The first smallpox vaccination is administered. The British physician, Edward Jenner, successfully inoculated an 8-year-old smallpox patient using material from a cowpox lesion. The word “vaccine” is derived from the Latin word for cow (vacca).
Smallpox vaccine
Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.
Constitutional Convention (United States)
Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 on the death of his father, Louis XIII.
King Louis XIV of France
1st permanent English settlement in New World, Jamestown, Va.
Jamestown, Virginia