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The Almanac for May 14, the 134th day of 2017 - Mother's Day

UPI News Service, 05/14/2017 

Today is Sunday, May 14, the 134th day of 2017 with 231 to follow.

Today is Mother's Day in the United States and many other countries.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include English portrait painter Thomas Gainsborough in 1727; Scottish reformer Robert Owen in 1771; German composer Otto Klemperer in 1885; actor Richard Deacon in 1921; opera star Patrice Munsel in 1925; Hall of Fame hockey player Gump Worsley in 1929; singer Bobby Darin in 1936; Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Perez in 1942 (age 75); filmmaker George Lucas in 1944 (age 73); filmmaker Robert Zemeckis in 1952 (age 65); musician David Byrne in 1952 (age 65); Irish writer Eoin Colfer in 1965 (age 52); actor Tim Roth in 1961 (age 56); actor Cate Blanchett in 1969 (age 48); director Sofia Coppola in 1971 (age 46); Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in 1984 (age 33); football players Clay Matthews III in 1986 (age 31) and Rob Gronkowski in 1989 (age 28).

On this date in history:

In 1643, King Louis XIV, who would be known as "The Sun King," became ruler of France at the age of 4.

In 1796, Dr. Edward Jenner, a rural England physician, tested his smallpox vaccine. It was a success.

In 1804, one year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition left St. Louis on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

In 1904, the Olympic Games were conducted in the United States for the first time -- in St. Louis.

In 1942, the U.S. Congress established the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps for World War II duty.

In 1948, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years.

In 1973, the United States launched Skylab, its first manned orbiting laboratory. Skylab was in orbit until -- long abandoned -- it plunged to Earth July 11, 1979, scattering debris over the Indian Ocean and a remote area of western Australia.

In 1988, a church bus was hit by a pickup truck going the wrong way on a road near Carrollton, Ky. The collision killed 27 bus passengers, mostly teenagers. The pickup driver, intoxicated at the time of the crash, served just under 11 years in prison.

In 1992, Lyle Alzado, NFL lineman-turned-actor/businessman, died of brain cancer, which he had blamed on steroid abuse. He was 43.

In 1998, entertainment legend Frank Sinatra died after having a heart attack. He was 82.

In 2000, hundreds of thousands of mothers and other gun-control advocates took part in the "Million Mom March" in Washington and several other cities, demanding "sensible" gun laws and mourning the loss of children to firearms violence.

In 2003, sheriff's deputies in Victoria, Texas, found dozens of people stuffed into a truck operated by smugglers of illegal aliens. Nineteen had died of the heat in the vehicle.

In 2008, the polar bear was chosen for the endangered species list by the U.S. Commerce Department because of shrinkage in its sea-ice habitat blamed on global climate change.

In 2010, two suicide bombers, one in a car and the other on foot, blew themselves up at an Iraqi soccer stadium as a match was beginning. Officials said at least 25 people were killed and 100 others injured.

In 2013, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a measure letting gay couples marry in Minnesota, making it the 12th U.S. state to permit same-sex marriage.

A thought for the day: "If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -- David Ben-Gurion

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