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On this day: May 14

POSTED: 4:39 PM May 13 2013   UPDATED: 12:00 AM May 14 2013

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.