Tuesday, May 14
Today is the 134th day of 2019 and the 56th day of spring.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1607, the Virginia Company of London established a colony at Jamestown, Virginia.
In 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis and set out on their historic expedition to explore the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.
In 1940, the Netherlands surrendered to Nazi Germany.
In 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed during a ceremony in Tel Aviv.
In 1973, Skylab, the first American space station, was launched into orbit.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Otto Klemperer (1885-1973), conductor/composer; Bobby Darin (1936-1973), singer-songwriter/actor; George Lucas (1944- ), filmmaker; David Byrne (1952- ), singer-songwriter/musician; Robert Zemeckis (1952- ), filmmaker; Tim Roth (1961- ), actor; Cate Blanchett (1969- ), actress; Sofia Coppola (1971- ), filmmaker; Amber Tamblyn (1983- ), actress; Mark Zuckerberg (1984- ), programmer/entrepreneur; Clay Matthews III (1986- ), football player; Rob Gronkowski (1989- ), football player.
TODAY’S FACT: The United States paid a total of $15 million for the entire Louisiana Purchase — a little more than $18 per square mile.
TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1913, Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson ended his scoreless pitching streak at 55 2/3 innings, setting a record that stood for 55 years.
TODAY’S QUOTE: “I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.” — George Lucas