Wednesday, June 14, 2017
History for June 14 - On-This-Day.com
Harriet Beecher Stowe 1811, Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax 1848, Burl Ives 1909
Pierre Salinger 1925, Jerzy Kosinski 1933, Donald Trump 1946 - Real estate developer, television personality
1775 - The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense. This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.
1777 - The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States. The Flag Resolution stated "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." On May 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 "Flag Day" as a commemoration of the "Stars and Stripes."
1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
1846 - A group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California.
1940 - The Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland.
1951 - "Univac I" was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world's first commercial computer.
1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
1954 - Americans took part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.