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On May 14th, 1980, President
Carter inaugurated the Department of Health
and Human Services.
On this date:
In 1643, Louis the 14th became King
of France at age four upon the death of his
father, Louis the 13th.
In 1804, the Lewis
and Clark expedition to explore the Louisiana
Territory left St. Louis.
In 1904, the first
Olympic games to be held in the United States
opened in St. Louis.
In 1942, Aaron
Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" was first
performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
In 1942, the
Women's Auxiliary Army Corps was established.
In 1948, the
independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel
representatives from eight Communist bloc
countries, including the Soviet Union, signed the
Warsaw Pact in Poland.
In 1973, the
United States launched Skylab One, its first
manned space station.
In 1975, US forces
raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and
recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez.
All 40 crew members were released safely by
Cambodia, but some 40 US servicemen were killed
in the military operation.
singer-actor Frank Sinatra died at a Los Angeles
hospital at age 82.
Ten years ago: In
separate decrees, Soviet President Gorbachev
declared that the republics of Estonia and Latvia
had no legal basis for moving toward
Five years ago:
Myrlie Evers-Williams was sworn in to head the
NAACP, pledging to lead the civil rights group
away from its recent troubles and restore it as a
political and social force.
One year ago: His
previous calls rebuffed, President Clinton
finally got through to Chinese President Jiang
Zemin; Clinton expressed hope the two countries
could repair the damage to their relations since
the US bombing of the Chinese Embassy in
"A mother never
realizes that her children are no longer
Holbrook Jackson, British critic and historian