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Calendar for June 14th, 2014

Flag Day (United States)

What we know fondly as the "Stars and Stripes" was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols and slogans--rattlesnakes, pine trees, and eagles; "Don't Tread on Me," "Liberty or Death," and "Conquer or Die," to name a few. The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes remain. Although many people believe that Betsy Ross designed and sewed the first flag, there is no proof of that. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag's 100th birthday.

Every Year

  • St. Basil

  • 1770s

  • 1775: The United States Army was established

  • 1777: Stars and Stripes adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States

  • 1800s

  • Died 1801: Benedict Arnold (General in U. S. Revolutionary War)

  • 1810s

  • Born 1811: Harriet Beecher Stowe (writer)

  • 1820s

  • Born 1820: John Bartlett (editor, well known for his book, Familiar Quotations)

  • 1830s

  • 1834: Isaac Fischer, Jr. patented sandpaper

  • 1900s

  • 1900: The Republic of Hawaii became a U. S. territory

  • Born 1909: Burl Ives (singer & character actor)

  • 1910s

  • 1919: Capt. John Alcock and Lt. Arthur Whitten-Brown flew from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Ireland, making the first successful nonstop transatlantic airmail delivery. The 16-hour flight ended the following day

  • 1920s

  • Died 1926: Mary Cassatt (painter)

  • Born 1929: Thomas J. Kelly (engineer, dubbed "father of the lunar module")

  • 1930s

  • 1937: Pennsylvania became the first of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Donald Trump (business tycoon)

  • 1950s

  • 1956: US Atomic Energy Commission announced the discovery of the neutrino, an atomic particle with no electrical charge

  • 1956: Discovery of the neutrino announced

  • Born 1958: Eric Heiden (speed skater)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1966: Traylor Howard (actress)

  • Born 1969: Steffi Graf (tennis player)

  • 1980s

  • 1989: Ronald Reagan received honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

  • 1990s

  • Died 1991: Peggy Ashcroft (actress)

  • Born 1992: Daryl Sabara (actor who starred as Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids movie series)

  • Died 1994: Henry Mancini (composer)

  • 1994: Cows gathered around a just-fallen meteorite fragment in St. Robert, Quebec

  • 1994: The New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup in 54 years, beating Vancouver, 3-2, in game 7 at Madison Square Garden

  • 2000s

  • 2004: A tractor-trailer overturned on a highway in Bear Trap Canyon, Montana, spilling its load of hundreds of beehives and unleashing some nine million angry honeybees

  • 2005: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck about 90 miles southwest of the coastal community of Crescent City, California, and 300 miles northwest of San Francisco

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