This day in history

Friday, June 14, is the 165th day of 2013. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

Today’s birthdays: Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 67. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 67. Actor Will Patton is 59. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 55. Singer Boy George is 52. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 45. International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 44.

In 1775, the Continental Army, forerunner of the US Army, was created.


In 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

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

In 1954, the words ‘‘under God’’ were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a ban on continued domestic use of the pesticide DDT, to take effect at year’s end.

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.

In 1993, President Clinton chose Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court.

In 2003, the Czech Republic voted to join the European Union.