1787 – Delegates began gathering in Philadelphia for a convention to draw up the U.S. Constitution.

On May 14, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin to assemble in Philadelphia to confront a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as defined by the Article of Confederation. Although the convention was originally supposed to begin on May 14, James Madison reported that a small number only had assembled. Meetings had to be pushed back until May 25, when a sufficient quorum of the participating states—MassachusettsNew YorkNew JerseyPennsylvaniaDelawareVirginiaNorth CarolinaSouth Carolina and Georgia—had arrived.

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1980 – U.S. President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services

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In 1980President Carter inaugurated the Department of Health and Human Services, formerly the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1995, Myrlie Evers-Williams was sworn in to head the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Here are the barbershop, salon rules for reopening in Florida on Monday


1942 – The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) was established by an act of the U.S. Congress.

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FDR signs WAAC Act, May 14, 1942. On this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved legislation establishing the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. The act, signed into law some five months after the United States entered World War II, created a voluntary enrollment program for up to 150,000 women to join the war effort in noncombat roles.



1897 – “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time. It was at a ceremony where a statue of George Washington was unveiled.

“The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa was performed for the first time on May 14, 1897 at a ceremony unveiling a statue of George Washington. Listen here (as performed by the United States Marines Band):