May 14th, 1607:

(AP Photos)

Colonists travel ashore in Virginia to begin building Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

1804:

(AP Photos)

(NAT from Walburn's "West for America")

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark leave Saint Louis on their expedition to explore Louisiana Territory, in what's then America's uncharted West.

1948:

(AP Photos)

In Tel Aviv, the independent State of Israel --- the world's only Jewish state --- is proclaimed, as British rule in what's then known as Palestine comes to an end.

1973:

(AP Photos)

(NAT of Launch)

NASA launches Skylab --- America's first manned space station --- into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

1944:

(AP Photos)

(NAT from "Star Wars")

Movie producer George Lucas --- whose films include the "Star Wars" series and "American Graffiti" --- is born in Modesto, California.

And, 1998:

(AP Photos)

(NAT of Sinatra)

Singer and actor Frank Sinatra --- also known as "Ol' Blue Eyes" and "The Chairman of the Board" --- dies in Los Angeles at age 82.

Today in History, May 14th --- ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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