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On June 14th, 1777, the Continental
Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and
Stripes as the national flag.
On this date:
In 1775, the United States Army was
In 1846, a group
of US settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic
In 1922, Warren
G. Harding became the first president heard on
radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his
speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial
at Fort McHenry.
In 1940, German
troops entered Paris during World War Two.
In 1940, in
German-occupied Poland, the Nazis opened their
concentration camp at Auschwitz.
In 1943, the
Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be
compelled to salute the flag of the United States
if doing so would conflict with their religious
In 1954, President
Eisenhower signed an order adding the words
"under God" to the Pledge of
In 1967, the space
probe "Mariner Five" was launched from
Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.
In 1982, Argentine
forces surrendered to British troops on the
disputed Falkland Islands.
In 1985, the
17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a
pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized
the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens,
Ten years ago: The
Supreme Court upheld, by a six-to-three vote,
police checkpoints that examine drivers for signs
Five years ago:
Stephen Yokich was elected president of the
United Auto Workers at the union's triennial
convention in Anaheim, California.
One year ago:
About 15,000 NATO peacekeepers spread out across
Kosovo, including a convoy of about 1200 US
Marines. The Supreme Court opened the door to
full broadcast advertising of casino gambling,
ruling a federal ban aimed at protecting
compulsive gamblers violated free-speech rights.
"Think like a man of
action, and act like a man of thought."
Henri Bergson, French philosopher (1859-1941).