Today, January 14
1539 – Spain annexes Cuba.
1639 – The “Fundamental Orders”, the first written constitution that created a government in the colonies, is adopted in Connecticut
1784 – The U.S. Senate ratifies the Treaty of Paris with Great Britain.
1943 – Conceding defeat on Guadalcanal, Japan begins to evacuate its forces from the island
1950 – The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight.
1954 – The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
1969 – An accidental explosion of a Zuni rocket detonating under a plane’s wing aboard the carrier USS Enterprise off Hawaii causes a fire, killing 28 crewmen and injuring 314 more.
2010 – Yemen declares an open war against the terrorist group al-Qaeda.