Harry S Truman once wrote: There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.The world of entertainment has a lot of history. On this 14th day of May, a lot of memorable things happened.
1940, Holland surrenders to Germany.
1942, The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reaches India.
1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.
1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged its-self in one of his lungs.
1961, A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama.
1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York.
1991, In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.
1993, During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, ‘That’s All Right Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four ‘Super Hero’, Costumes worn by the group KISS sold for £20,000, ($35,385).
1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack.
1998, George Michael was fined £500 after being convicted of a “lewd act” in a Los Angeles lavatory. The Los Angeles court also ordered him to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community service.
2015, Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King died in his sleep aged 89 from a series of small strokes caused by type 2 diabetes.
Just a small assortment of things that happened today.