Jamestown, the first permanent colony of Europeans in what would become the United States, was founded on this day in 1607. In 1796, Edward Jenner administered the first smallpox vaccination. And on this day in 1948, Israel was declared an independent state. Celebrating birthdays today: Francesca Annis, David Byrne, Ian Astbury, and Cate Blanchett. It is National Unification Day in Liberia.