Today in history – May 14

1787 – In Philadelphia, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides.

1796 – Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox inoculation.

1800 – The process of moving the U.S. capital from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. begins.

1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois.

1878 – The last witchcraft trial held in the United States begins in Salem, Massachusetts, after Lucretia Brown accused Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.

1948 – Israel is declared to be an independent state, and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the decision, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1984 Arab-Israeli War.

1973 – Skylab, the United States’ first space station, is launched.