5/14: Today in History
Jamestown colony established, 1607
Assassination of Henri IV of France, 1610
Smallpox vaccination, 1796
Surrender of the Netherlands to Germany, 1940
Happy birthday to:
Thomas Gainsborough, Timothy Dwight, Otto Klemperer, Sidney Bechet, Oona O'Neill Chaplin, Bobby Darin, David Byrne, Cate Blanchett
Happy trails to:
Carl Schurz, August Strindberg, Sidney Bechet (Yes- born AND died on the same day; 1897-1959), Frank Sinatra, Wendy Hiller, Robert Stack.
1836 - General Antonio López de Santa Anna and Texas provisional president David Burnett signed two Treaties of Velasco ending the Texas Revolution. However, Mexico did not recognize Texas' independence and Texas' boundary was not determined until the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848 at the end of the Mexican War.
1839 - Manuel Flores and his band killed four members of a party of surveyors between Seguin and San Antonio. On May 17, Texas Ranges caught up with the group and routed them.
1854 - Texas Germans at the annual Staats-Saengerfest (State Singers' Festival) declared slavery to be evil. (May 14-15)
1888 - In Austin, a week-long celebration dedicating the Capitol building began. The building was not officially accepted by the Capitol Board until December 6.
1984 - President Reagan met with Mexican American business and civic leaders from the border area of Texas to discuss trade and investment.