Tuesday, May 14, is the 134th day of 2013. There are 231 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Rock singer-musician Jack Bruce (Cream) is 70. Movie producer George Lucas is 69. Movie director Robert Zemeckis is 62. Rock singer David Byrne is 61. Actor Tim Roth is 52. Actress Cate Blanchett is 44. Singer Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 44. Movie writer-director Sofia Coppola is 42. Rock singer-musician Dan Auerbach (the Black Keys) is 34. Actress Amber Tamblyn is 30. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 29. Actress Miranda Cosgrove is 20.
In 1863, Union forces defeated the Confederates in the Battle of Jackson, Miss.
In 1948, according to the current-era calendar, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv.
In 1961, Freedom Riders were attacked by violent mobs in Anniston and Birmingham, Ala.
In 1973, the United States launched Skylab 1, its first manned space station.
In 1988, 27 people, mostly teens, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong direction on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. (Truck driver Larry Mahoney served 9½ years in prison for manslaughter.)
In 1998, singer-actor Frank Sinatra died at an LA hospital at 82. The hit sitcom ‘‘Seinfeld’’ aired its final episode after nine years on NBC.
In 2003, more than 100 immigrants were abandoned in a locked trailer at a Texas truck stop; 19 of them died. (Truck driver Tyrone Williams was later sentenced to nearly 34 years in prison for his role in the deaths; of the 13 others indicted in the case, two had charges against them dismissed, one who cooperated with prosecutors was sentenced to the three days in jail and the others were given sentences ranging from 14 months to 23 years.)