Today in history

Today is Monday June 14, the 165th day of 2021. There are 200 days left in the year. It’s flag day.

The highlight of today’s story:

On June 14, 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.

To this date :

In 1775, the Continental Army, ancestor of the United States Army, was created.

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the design of the original American flag.

In 1846, a group of American settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California.

In 1911, the British liner RMS Olympic made its maiden voyage to New York, arriving a week later. (The ship’s captain was Edward John Smith, who went on to command the ill-fated RMS Titanic the following year.)

In 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, when Baltimore’s WEAR station broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key Memorial at Fort McHenry.

In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War II; on the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp (OWSH’-vitz) in German-occupied Poland.

In 1943, the United States Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, ruled 6-3 that public school students could not be forced to salute the United States flag.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the oath of allegiance.

In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a ban on the domestic use of the pesticide DDT, to come into effect at the end of the year.

In 1982, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands.

In 1990, the United States Supreme Court upheld, 6-3, police checkpoints that examined drivers for signs of intoxication.

In 2017, a gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on Republican lawmakers during congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., Injuring House Whip Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES ‘) and several others; the assailant died in a battle with the police. A fire ravaged the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London, killing 71 people.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama paid a four-hour visit to Puerto Rico, becoming the first president since John F. Kennedy to pay an official visit to the United States. The long-delayed and troubled musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has officially opened on Broadway.

Five years ago: President Barack Obama angrily denounced Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric following the Orlando nightclub shooting, disparaging the views of the alleged Republican presidential candidate as a threat to the American security; Trump responded by suggesting that Obama seemed more angry with him than he was with the shooter. A 2-year-old boy was dragged through the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; the child’s remains were found the next day. Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert (Millie Helper in “The Dick Van Dyke Show”) has died in Los Angeles at the age of 87.

A year ago: Atlanta Police released video showing Rayshard Brooks sobriety check outside a Wendy’s restaurant which quickly got out of hand, ending in police gunfire that took killed Brooks. Police said Officer Garrett Rolfe, who fired the fatal shots, was fired, and Officer Devin Brosnan was placed on administrative duty. (Rolfe’s dismissal was later overturned after a review board found that the city had failed to follow its own disciplinary procedures.)

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Marla Gibbs is 90 years old. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Is 82 years old. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 78 years old. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 76 years old. Former President Donald Trump is 75. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 75 years old. Rock musician Barry Melton is 74 years old. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 72 years old. Actor Eddie Mekka is 69 years old. Actor Will Patton is 67 years old. Olympic gold medalist speed skater Eric Heiden (HY’-dun) is 63 years old. Jazz musician Marcus Miller is 62 years old. Singer Boy George is 60 years old. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 58 years old. Actor Traylor Howard is 55 years old. Actor Yasmine Bleeth is 53 years old. Actor Faizon Love is 53 years old. Actor Stephen Wallem is 53. Steffi Graf, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is 52 years old. Actor Sullivan Stapleton is 44 years old. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 43 years old. Actor Lawrence Saint-Victor is 39 years old. Actor Torrance Coombs is 38 years old. Actor JR Martinez is 38 years old. 33. Actress Lucy Hale is 32 years old. Pop singer Jesy Nelson (Little Mix) is 30 years old. Country singer Joel Crouse is 29 years old. Actor Daryl Sabara is 29 years old.

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