On this day: May 14

Published On: May 13 2013 05:39:32 PM CDT   Updated On: May 14 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

English colonists settle in America, the Lewis and Clark Expedition starts a historic journey, Israel becomes an independent state, Frank Sinatra dies, and "Seinfeld" comes to an end, all on this day.

OTD May 14 - Israel
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1948: Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel was attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

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