Skylab space station

On This Day - May 14th

May 14th is more than just your average spring day. It’s a day for sharing biscuits, watching old episodes of “Seinfeld,” and even strutting your funky stuff as you dance the “chicken.” Yes, May 14th is a pretty wacky day - and whether or not you’re already celebrating it yourself, here are a few more reasons why you’ll want to mark it on your calendar.

On this day

State Theater at E Washington Street

The theater’s open… still!

The Guinness World Record for the oldest movie theater still operating globally belongs to the State Theater over in Washington, Iowa - and it first opened its doors on this day back in 1897!

facts about smallpox

So long, smallpox!

Without the pioneering work of one Edward Jenner, we’d still be overrun with smallpox. On May 14th, 1796, the English doctor tried out his smallpox vaccine, derived from cowpox, for the first time. It was a resounding success!

Skylab space station

Skylab took to the skies!

The US took its first-ever space station into the stratosphere on this date back in 1973, as their landmark Skylab launched with a full crew until February the following year. It’s regarded as one of the most important steps in domestic space exploration history.

Facts of Israel

Israel declared its independence.

It was on May 14th, 1948, that Israel announced it would become a state independent of Great Britain, shortly before the Palestinian mandate expired.

Seinfeld cast

Cue the bassline!

“Seinfeld,” one of the most influential US sitcoms of all time, came to a close on May 14th, 1998. Famous for being a show pretty much about nothing, the series is widely cited as one of the better-written comedies of the era. It even got its own randomly-generated AI “reboot” online in 2023±

Special Days Falling on May 14th

Time to celebrate - but what, exactly? Here’s a few curious special days worth marking today.
map of North America

National Underground America Day

Did you know that there are more than 6,000 people living in underground communities in North America today? May 14th marks a special occasion to celebrate these fantastic subterranean communities - it's well worth reading up on how these fascinating people manage to live from day to day! As it happens, there are plenty of benefits to underground living!

Buttermilk biscuits

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

If you’ve read any of our date profiles in the past, you’ll know that there’s always an odd food celebration or two! Buttermilk biscuits are delicious Sunday dessert staples that many families across the US enjoy chowing down on after they’ve had their fill of meat and vegetables. Today’s a great day to try making your own and sharing these delicious, flaky treats with your family and friends.

Chicken dance

Dance Like a Chicken Day

No, really! Do we have to go into detail on this one? Surely you know how to dance like a chicken! Today is apparently the perfect day to start strutting your stuff and to get clucking. Everyone deserves to cut loose and look a bit silly sometimes - and if you could use a laugh today, time to start getting those wings up!

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