Historical Events on June 14
- 1775: The Continental Congress establishes the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. It’s considered to be the birth of the U.S Army.
- 1777: Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes as the official United States’ Flag.
- 1789: 19 Survivors of the HMS Bounty Mutiny, including Captain William Bligh, reach Timor after traveling for almost forty-six hundred miles in an open boat.
- 1864: The Bear Flag Revolt starts when settlers in Sonoma, California rebel against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.
- 1863: The Army of Northern Virginia defeat a Union garrison in Winchester, Virginia at the Second Battle of Winchester during the American Civil War.
- 1863: At the Siege of Port Hudson, The Second Assault on the Confederate works there is attempted.
- 1900: Hawaii officially becomes a U.S Territory.
- 1937: The Marihuana Tax Act is passed by the United States House of Representatives.
- 1940: During Fall Rot, the city of Paris in France is occupied as Allied forces are forced to retreat.
- 1944: After attempting to capture the German controlled town of Caen in France on several different occasions, British forces finally decide to abandon Operation Perch.
- 1945: Filipino forces liberate Ilocos Sur and begin the Battle of Bessang Pass.
- 1949: The first monkey in space is Albert II who rides on a V-2 rocket on this day to an altitude of 83-miles.
- 1951: The United States Census Bureau begins using the UNIVAC I on this day.
- 1954: United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs into law a bill that puts the words “Under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance for the U.S.
Famous Birthdays on June 14
- American author, activist and abolitionist, Harriet Beecher Stowe is born in 1811.
- American author and publisher, John Bartlett is born in 1820.
- Austrian biologist, physician and Nobel Prize laureate, Karl Landsteiner is born in 1868.
- American actor Will Patton is born in 1954.
- American novelist Mona Simpson is born in 1957.
- English singer-songwriter Boy George is born in 1961.
- American comedian, actress and author, Heather McDonald is born in 1970.
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