On this day: May 14

Posted: 6:39 PM EDT May 13, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT May 14, 2015

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.

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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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