1988 – Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire.
1973 – Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched.
1951 – Trains run on the Talyllyn Railway in Wales for the first time since preservation, making it the first railway in the world to be operated by volunteers.
1879 – The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrives in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.
1870 – The first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club.
1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place.
1800 – The process of the U.S. Government moving the United States capital city from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.
1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.
1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.
1747 – War of the Austrian Succession: A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeats the French at the First Battle of Cape Finisterre.
1608 – The Protestant Union is founded in Auhausen.
1993 – Miranda Cosgrove, American actress and singer. Cosgrove's film debut came in 2003, when she appeared as Summer Hathaway in School of Rock.
1989 – Rob Gronkowski, American football player. Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end who is a football analyst for Fox Sports.
1988 – Jayne Appel, American basketball player. Jayne Appel-Marinelli (born May 14, 1988) is a retired center who last played for the San Antonio Stars of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
1986 – Clay Matthews III, American football player. At USC, Matthews was a standout special-teams player, winning three consecutive Special Teams Player of the Year awards from 2006 to 2008.
1985 – Dustin Lynch, American singer-songwriter. He has also released eleven singles, of which six have reached the No. 1 position on Country Airplay.
1985 – Zack Ryder, American wrestler. Matthew Brett Cardona (born May 14, 1985) is an American professional wrestler.
1984 – Luke Gregerson, American baseball player. Louis Cardinals.
1984 – Mark Zuckerberg, American computer programmer and businessman, co-founded Facebook. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (/ˈzʌkərbɜːrɡ/; born May 14, 1984) is an American internet entrepreneur and philanthropist.
1983 – Amber Tamblyn, American actress, author, model, director. Her feature film work includes roles such as Tibby Rollins from the first two The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films (2005–2008), as well as Katie Embry in The Ring (2002), Aubrey Davis in The Grudge 2 (2006) and Megan McBride in 127 Hours (2010); she had an extended arc as Martha M.
1983 – Frank Gore, American football player. Franklin Gore (born May 14, 1983) is an American professional football player who is a running back for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL).
1981 – Pranav Mistry, Indian computer scientist, invented SixthSense. He is best known for his work on SixthSense, Samsung Galaxy Gear and Project Beyond.
1979 – Dan Auerbach, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Daniel Quine Auerbach (born May 14, 1979) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys, a blues rock band from Akron, Ohio.
1978 – Eddie House, American basketball player. He was a member of the Boston Celtics team that won the NBA championship in 2008.
1977 – Roy Halladay, American baseball player and coach, was an American professional baseball player who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies between 1998 and 2013. His nickname, "Doc", was coined by Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, and was a reference to Wild West gunslinger Doc Holliday.
1976 – Brian Lawrence, American baseball player and coach. He is currently pitching coach of the South Bend Cubs, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
1976 – Hunter Burgan, American bass player. Hunter Lawrence Burgan (born May 14, 1976) is an American multi-instrumentalist.
1974 – Krister Axel, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Krister Axel (born May 14, 1974) is a French-born musician, poet and software engineer living in Ashland, Oregon.
1973 – Voshon Lenard, American basketball player. Voshon Kelan Lenard (born May 14, 1973) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1971 – Deanne Bray, American actress. She is best known for her role as Sue Thomas in the show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye.
1971 – Sofia Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Sofia Carmina Coppola (/ˈkɒpələ/, Italian: ; born May 14, 1971) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and former actress.
1969 – Danny Wood, American singer-songwriter, record producer, and choreographer. He is also a member of the American boy band New Kids on the Block and also serves as one of the key choreographers.
1967 – Natasha Kaiser-Brown, American sprinter and coach. Natasha Kaiser-Brown (born May 14, 1967) is an American sprinter who specialized in the 400 meter run, and is the current University of Missouri- Columbia track and field coach.
1967 – Tony Siragusa, American football player and journalist. Anthony "Tony" Siragusa (born May 14, 1967), nicknamed "Goose", is a former National Football League defensive tackle who spent 12 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens.
1966 – Mike Inez, American rock bass player and songwriter (Alice In Chains). Inez has also associated with Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society, and Heart.
1966 – Raphael Saadiq, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. In addition to his solo and group career, he has also produced songs for such artists as Joss Stone, D'Angelo, TLC, En Vogue, Kelis, Mary J.
1964 – Eric Peterson (musician), American guitarist and songwriter (Testament (band)). Eric Peterson (born May 14, 1964) is an American guitarist, best known as a member of the American thrash metal band Testament and is the only remaining original member left in the band, which first started in 1982 under the name Legacy.
1964 – Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster and producer. Suzanne Lisa "Suzy" Kolber (/ˈkoʊlbər/; born May 14, 1964) is an American football sideline reporter, co-producer, and sportscaster for ESPN.
1963 – Pat Borders, American baseball player and coach. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1992 World Series as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
1962 – C.C. DeVille, American guitarist, songwriter, and actor. DeVille (born Bruce Anthony Johannesson; May 14, 1962) is the lead guitarist of the multi-platinum-selling glam metal band Poison.
1962 – Danny Huston, Italian-American actor and director. North, starring Anthony Edwards, Robert Mitchum, and Huston's half-sister, Anjelica Huston.
1958 – Christine Brennan, American journalist and author. Christine Brennan (born May 14, 1958) is a sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator on ABC News, CNN, PBS NewsHour and NPR, and a best-selling author.
1952 – Donald R. McMonagle, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut. Donald Ray McMonagle (born May 14, 1952) (Col, USAF, Ret.) is a former astronaut and a veteran of three shuttle flights.
1952 – Robert Zemeckis, American director, producer, and screenwriter. In the 1990s, he directed Death Becomes Her and then diversified into more dramatic fare, including 1994's Forrest Gump, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director; the film itself won Best Picture.
1951 – Jay Beckenstein, American saxophonist. Jay Beckenstein (born May 14, 1951, New York) is a saxophonist, composer, producer, and co-founder of the band Spyro Gyra.
1949 – Walter Day, American game designer and businessman, founded Twin Galaxies. Walter Aldro Day, Jr. (born May 14, 1949) is an American businessman, historian, and the founder of Twin Galaxies, an American organization that tracks video game world records and conducts a program of electronic-gaming promotions.
1947 – Al Ciner, American pop-rock guitarist (The American Breed). He briefly played for Rufus and is heard on one of the band's best-known hits, "Tell Me Something Good".
1944 – Gene Cornish, Canadian-American guitarist. From 1965–70, the band recorded eight albums and had thirteen singles that reached Billboard's Top 40 chart.
1944 – George Lucas, American director, producer, and screenwriter, founded Lucasfilm. George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker, philanthropist and entrepreneur.
1942 – Byron Dorgan, American lawyer and politician. Byron Leslie Dorgan (born May 14, 1942) is an American author, businessman, attorney and former United States Senator and United States Congressman from North Dakota and currently serves as a senior policy advisor for the Washington, DC law firm Arent Fox LLP.
1942 – Tony Pérez, Cuban-American baseball player and manager. Variously nicknamed "Big Dog", "Big Doggie", "Doggie", and "The Mayor of Riverfront", the slugging seven-time All-Star earned two World Series rings during a twenty-three year playing career, and one World Series ring as a coach.
1939 – Troy Shondell, American singer-songwriter (d. 2016), was an American vocalist, who achieved a modicum of fame and recognition in the early 1960s. He became a transatlantic one-hit wonder, by releasing a single that made the record charts in both the US and the UK.
1936 – Bobby Darin, American singer-songwriter and actor (d. 1973), was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music.
1936 – Dick Howser, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1987). Richard Dalton Howser (May 14, 1936 – June 17, 1987) was an American Major League Baseball shortstop, coach, and manager who was best known as the manager of the Kansas City Royals during the 1980s and for guiding them to the franchise's first World Series title in 1985.
1932 – Robert Bechtle, American lithographer and painter. Robert Bechtle (born May 14, 1932) is an American painter who has lived nearly all his life in the San Francisco Bay Area and whose art is centered on scenes from everyday local life.
1931 – Alvin Lucier, American composer and academic. Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception.
1929 – Barbara Branden, Canadian-American author (d. 2013), was a Canadian-American writer, editor, and lecturer, known for her relationship and subsequent break with novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.
1928 – Dub Jones, American R&B bass singer (The Coasters) (d. 2000). Dub Jones is the name of:
1925 – Al Porcino, American trumpet player (d. 2013), was an American lead trumpeter.
1925 – Patrice Munsel, American soprano and actress (d. 2016), was an American coloratura soprano. Nicknamed "Princess Pat", she was the youngest singer ever to star at the Metropolitan Opera.
1925 – Sophie Kurys, American baseball player (d. 2013), was a former second basewoman who played from 1943 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), 115 lb (52 kg), Kurys batted and threw right-handed.
1917 – Lou Harrison, American composer and critic (d. 2003). He was a student of Henry Cowell, and Arnold Schoenberg.
1917 – Norman Luboff, American composer and conductor (d. 1987), was an American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director.
1916 – Robert F. Christy, Canadian-American physicist and astronomer (d. 2012), was a Canadian-American theoretical physicist and later astrophysicist who was one of the last surviving people to have worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He briefly served as acting president of California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
1905 – Herbert Morrison, American soldier and journalist (d. 1989), was a British Labour politician who held a variety of senior positions in the Cabinet. During the inter-war period, he was Minister of Transport during the 1929–1931 Labour Government, then, after losing his seat in Parliament in 1931, became Leader of the London County Council in the 1930s.
1904 – Hans Albert Einstein, Swiss-American engineer and educator (d. 1973), was a Swiss-American engineer and educator, the second child and first son of Albert Einstein and Mileva Marić. Hans A.
1903 – Billie Dove, American actress (d. 1997). Dove was born Bertha Bohny in 1903 to Charles and Bertha (née Kagl) Bohny, Swiss immigrants.
1900 – Hal Borland, American journalist and author (d. 1978), was an American author, journalist and naturalist. In addition to writing many non-fiction and fiction books about the outdoors, he was a staff writer and editorialist for The New York Times.
1899 – Earle Combs, American baseball player and coach (d. 1976), was an American professional baseball player who played his entire career for the New York Yankees (1924–1935). Combs batted leadoff and played center field on the Yankees' fabled 1927 team (often referred to as Murderers' Row).
1897 – Ed Ricketts, American biologist and ecologist (d. 1948), was an American marine biologist, ecologist, and philosopher. He is best known for Between Pacific Tides (1939), a pioneering study of intertidal ecology, and for his influence on writer John Steinbeck, which resulted in their collaboration on the Sea of Cortez, later republished as The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951).
1897 – Sidney Bechet, American saxophonist, clarinet player, and composer (d. 1959), was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He was one of the first important soloists in jazz, beating trumpeter Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months.
1888 – Archie Alexander, African-American mathematician and engineer (d. 1958). He was an early African-American graduate of the University of Iowa and the first to graduate from the University of Iowa's College of Engineering.
1881 – George Murray Hulbert, American judge and politician (d. 1950), was a United States Representative from New York and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
1879 – Fred Englehardt, American jumper (d. 1942), was an American athlete who competed mainly in the long jump and triple jump.
1878 – J. L. Wilkinson, American baseball player and manager (d. 1964), was an American sports executive who founded the All Nations baseball club in 1912, and the Negro league baseball team Kansas City Monarchs in 1920.
1851 – Anna Laurens Dawes, American author and suffragist (d. 1938). She was the daughter of Henry Laurens Dawes (October 30, 1816- February 5, 1903), a Republican United States Senator and Representative of Massachusetts.
1814 – Charles Beyer, German-English engineer, co-founded Beyer, Peacock and Company (d. 1876), was a celebrated German-British locomotive designer and builder, and co-founder of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was the co-founder and head engineer of Beyer, Peacock and Company in Gorton, Manchester.
1761 – Samuel Dexter, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of War, 3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1816), was an early American statesman who served both in Congress and in the Presidential Cabinets of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
1752 – Timothy Dwight IV, American minister, theologian, and academic (d. 1817), was an American academic and educator, a Congregationalist minister, theologian, and author. He was the eighth president of Yale College (1795–1817).
2017 – Powers Boothe, American actor (b. 1948)
2016 – Darwyn Cooke, American comic book writer and artist (b. 1962)
2015 – B.B. King, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1925)
2015 – Franz Wright, Austrian-American poet and translator (b. 1953)
2015 – Stanton J. Peale, American astrophysicist and academic (b. 1937)
2014 – Emanuel Raymond Lewis, American librarian and author (b. 1928)