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May 14, 2015

Today is Thursday, May 21, the 141st day of 2015. There are 224 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1471 - England’s King Henry VI is murdered on orders from the future King Edward VI.

1541 - Members of a Spanish expedition seeking gold, led by Hernando de Soto, become the first Europeans to see the Mississippi River, south of what is now Memphis, Tennessee.

1542 - Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto dies while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

1813 - Battle of Bautzen, Germany, between France’s Napoleon Bonaparte and the armies of Prussia and Russia, ends with heavy losses on both sides.

1840 - New Zealand is declared a British colony.

1892 - The opera “I Pagliacci,” by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, is first performed, in Milan, Italy.

1894 - Serbian Constitution of 1869 is restored.

1924 - Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks is murdered in a “thrill killing” committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two students at the University of Chicago.

1927 - U.S. aviator Charles A. Lindbergh lands in Paris, completing the first solo airplane flight across Atlantic Ocean.

1944 - Allied forces break through Hitler Line in Italy during World War II.

1945 - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart are married.

1956 - First hydrogen bomb is exploded by United States over Bikini Atoll in Pacific.

1959 - The musical “Gypsy,” inspired by the life of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, opens on Broadway.

1965 - Colombian government decrees nationwide state of siege following widespread student disorders.

1967 - More than 300 people die in department store fire in Brussels, Belgium.

1968 - The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99 men aboard goes missing. The remains of the sub are later found on the ocean floor 645 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of the Azores.

1970 - West Germany’s Chancellor Willy Brandt and East Germany’s Premier Willi Stoph hold second summit meeting, which ends in stalemate.

1982 - British troops establish a beachhead on Falkland Islands. Argentine forces on the island surrender three weeks later.

1984 - In Bombay, India, troops battle thousands of rioters in Hindu-Muslim violence that has claimed more than 100 lives.

1989 - Students occupying Tiananmen Square in China reject government ultimatum to leave the square.

1991 - Rajiv Gandhi, candidate for prime minister of India, is assassinated by Sri Lanka’s separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels in a suicide bomb attack in Madras.

1993 - Venezuelan Senate suspends President Carlos Andres Perez over embezzlement allegations.

1996 - A ferry strikes a rock and sinks in Lake Victoria in Tanzania. About 550 people drown.

1997 - Ukraine and Poland sign a reconciliation agreement to formally end conflict and put centuries of bloodshed behind them.

1998 - After weeks of protests and riots in Indonesia, President Suharto resigns, ending a 32-year reign.

2003 - At least 2,200 people are killed after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake and aftershocks strike Algeria’s northern coast.

2007 - Lebanese troops blast the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr el-Bared with artillery and tank fire, seeking to destroy a militant group with al-Qaida ties in the worst internal violence since the devastating 1975-1990 civil war.

2010 - Roman Catholic Church officials say that the recently created first synthetic cell could be a positive development if correctly used, but warn scientists that only God can create life.

2013 - Iran’s election overseers remove potential wild-card candidates from the presidential race, blocking a top aide of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a former president who revived hopes of reformers.

2014 - China signs a landmark $400 billion deal to buy natural gas from Russia, binding Moscow more closely to Beijing. Today’s Birthdays:

Albrecht Duerer, German artist (1471-1528); Alexander Pope, English poet (1686-1744); Henri Rousseau, French painter (1844-1910); Lazaro Cardenas, Mexican president (1895-1970); Andrey Sakharov, Russian physicist, dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1921-1989); J. Malcolm Fraser, former Australian prime minister (1930--); Leo Sayer, British singer (1948--); Mr. T, U.S. actor (1952--); Al Franken, U.S. comedian/politician (1951--).

Thought For Today:

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for — Anonymous.

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