This day in history

Today is Thursday, June 14, the 165th day of 2018. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

Birthdays: Actress Marla Gibbs is 87. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, is 79. The Zombies singer Rod Argent is 73. President Donald Trump is 72. Singer Janet Lennon is 72. Yes drummer Alan White is 69. Actor Eddie Mekka is 66. Olympic gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 60. Jazz musician Marcus Miller is 59. Singer Boy George is 57. Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 49. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 40. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 30.

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


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

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In 1934, Max Baer defeated Primo Carnera with an 11th round TKO to win the world heavyweight boxing championship in Long Island City, N.Y.

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, President Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase ‘‘under God’’ to the Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1962, Anna Slesers, a Back Bay seamstress, was strangled. She would become known as the first victim of the Boston Strangler, who terrorized the area, killing 13 women in a year and a half, police said. Albert Desalvo was eventually implicated.


In 1968, Dr. Benjamin Spock and three other peace activists were convicted in Boston of conspiring to encourage young men to evade the draft during the Vietnam War. (The verdicts were overturned by an appeals court.)

In 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered a ban on 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 1993, President Clinton nominated Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court.

Last year, a rifle-wielding gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, wounding House Whip Steve Scalise and several others; the assailant died in a battle with police. Fire ripped through the 24-story Grenfell Tower in West London, killing 71 people.