...the 135th day of 1988. There are 231 days left in the year.

Forty years ago, on May 14, 1948, the independent state of Israel was proclaimed in Tel Aviv as British rule in Palestine came to an end. The United States immediately recognized the new Jewish state. (Israel celebrated the 40th anniversary on April 21 because the date was determined by the lunar calendar.)On this date:

In 1643, Louis XIV became King of France at age 4 upon the death of his father, Louis XIII.

In 1904, the first Olympic games to be held in the United States opened in St. Louis.

Birthdays:

Opera singer Patrice Munsel is 63. Movie producer George Lucas ("Star Wars" is 44. Actress Francesca Annis is 44. Actress Season Hubley is 37. Rock artist David Byrne is 36.

Sharing a thought...

"In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles." --David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime miniter (1886-1973).