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UPI Almanac for Tuesda, May 14, 2024

On May 14, 1973, the United States launched Skylab, its first manned orbiting laboratory.

By United Press International
An overhead view of the Skylab Orbital Workshop in Earth orbit is pictured on February 8, 1974. The United States launched Skylab, its first manned orbiting laboratory, on this day in 1973. File Photo courtesy of NASA
1 of 3 | An overhead view of the Skylab Orbital Workshop in Earth orbit is pictured on February 8, 1974. The United States launched Skylab, its first manned orbiting laboratory, on this day in 1973. File Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

Today is Tuesday, May 14, the 135th day of 2024 with 231 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include artist Thomas Gainsborough in 1727; Scottish reformer Robert Owen in 1771; actor Richard Deacon in 1921; opera star Patrice Munsel in 1925; musician Bobby Darin in 1936; Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Perez in 1942 (age 82); filmmaker George Lucas in 1944 (age 80); filmmaker Robert Zemeckis in 1952 (age 72); musician David Byrne (Talking Heads) in 1952 (age 72); Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni in 1953 (71); writer Eoin Colfer in 1965 (age 59); actor Tim Roth in 1961 (age 63); musician C.C. DeVille (Poison) in 1962 (age 62); actor Danny Huston in 1962 (age 62); musician Mike Inez (Alice in Chains) in 1966 (age 58); musician Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) in 1966 (age 58); musician Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!) in 1966 (age 58); comedian/actor Greg Davies in 1968 (age 56); actor Cate Blanchett in 1969 (age 55); musician Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) in 1969 (age 55); director Sofia Coppola in 1971 (age 53); musician Henry Garza (Los Lonely Boys) in 1978 (age 46); musician Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show) in 1978 (age 46); musician Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) in 1979 (age 45); musician Mike Retondo (Plain White T's) in 1981 (age 43); comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes in 1982 (age 42); actor/author Amber Tamblyn in 1983 (age 41); Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in 1984 (age 40); musician Dustin Lynch in 1985 (age 39); football player Clay Matthews III in 1986 (age 38); TV personality/former football player Rob Gronkowski in 1989 (age 35); actor Miranda Cosgrove in 1993 (age 31).

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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 1930, the U.S. Congress passed legislation establishing Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico with support from President Calvin Coolidge. It was the 21st park in the national parks system.

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.

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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 less than 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 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 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 2013, Brazil became the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

In 2022, a self-avowed white supremacist opened fire at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y., killing 10 people, all of whom were Black. The shooter was sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences.

In 2023, powerful Cyclone Mocha made landfall in Myanmar and would eventually go on to kill more than 450 people there and in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India and China also sustained damage from the storm.

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A thought for the day: "The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism." -- American anarchist Emma Goldman

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