May 14 (14.05) is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (135th in leap years). There are 231 days remaining until the end of the year.
1607 - English adventurer James Smith establishes the first English settlement in North America, later named Jamestown.
1610 - A religious fanatic kills King Henry IV of France, the first monarch of the Bourbon dynasty, in Paris.
1643 - Four-year-old Louis XIV comes to the French throne after the death of his father Louis XIII. The regent was his mother Anna of Austria, but Cardinal Mazarin had real power.
1796 - English physician Edward Jenner successfully vaccinates an eight-year-old boy against smallpox and marks the beginning of modern immunology.
1811 - Pedro Juan Caballero, Fulgencio Jegros and Jose Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia overthrow the Spanish governor of Paraguay and declare independence from Spain.
1900 - The 1900 Summer Olympics open in Paris, the second modern Olympics and the first for women.
1940 - During negotiations to surrender the Dutch army in World War II, German bombers destroy two-thirds of Rotterdam, killing about a thousand people and leaving 80,000 homeless.
1948 - David Ben-Gurion publicly reads the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.
1955 - Eight communist countries sign an agreement in Warsaw to establish the Warsaw Pact.
1962 - Milovan Djilas is brought before the District Court and sentenced to 13 years in prison and restriction of civil rights for five years.
1968 - A communist government in Czechoslovakia, led by Alexander Dubcek, announces the beginning of broad social reforms, known as the "Prague Spring". Reforms were suspended as early as August, with Soviet troops entering Prague.
1973 - The United States launches Skylab, its first space laboratory.
1989 - Peronist leader Carlos Menem becomes president of Argentina, winning the election of the ruling Radical Party candidate Eduardo Angelos.
- Radio-Television of Serbia has started broadcasting satellite programs
- The suicide was committed by Zhang Qing, the widow of the Chinese leader Mao Zedong, one of the leaders of the "Cultural Revolution".
1992 - After 47 years, the main street in Belgrade, Marshala Tita Street, was changed to Ulica srpskih vladara. The name was later changed to King of Milan.
1999 - In vase