On this day: May 14

Published: May 13 2013 06:39:32 PM EDT   Updated On: May 14 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - polar bears
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2008: The Interior Department declares the polar bear a threatened species because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.

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