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This Day In History: June 14

This Day in History

1775: A resolution of the Continental Congress establishes the U.S. Army.
1777: John Adams introduces a resolution in the Continental Congress describing the future flag of the United States.
1807: Napoleon defeats Russia in the Battle of Friedland, near Koenigsberg, Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia), and soon signs a peace treaty with Czar Alexander I.
1919: Capt. John Allcock and Lt. Arthur W. Brown leave St. Johns, Newfoundland, for County Galway, Ireland, in a Vickers Vimy bomber, making the first nonstop transatlantic flight.
1982: Argentine troops surrender as British forces storm Stanley, the last Argentine stronghold on the Falkland Islands, ending the war that began in April.
1985: A TWA jet is seized by terrorists shortly after taking off from Athens; the terrorists will hold the 153 passengers and crew for 17 days.
2002: A terrorist car bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, kills 12.

Today's Birthdays

1811: Harriet Beecher Stowe, author/abolitionist (Litchfield, CT; died 1896)
1820: John Bartlett, editor/compiler of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (Plymouth, MA; died 1905)
1821: Ion Bratianu, statesman, generally considered the founder of modern Romania (Pitesti, Romania; died 1891)
1855: Robert La Follette, a leader of the U.S. Progressive movement (Primrose, WI; died 1925)
1864: Alois Alzheimer, psychiatrist/pathologist (Markbreit am Main, Germany; died 1915)
1906: Margaret Bourke-White, photojournalist (New York, NY; died 1971)
1909: Burl Ives, folk singer/actor (Hunt, IL; died 1995)
1919: Dorothy McGuire, actress (Omaha, NE; died 2001). Gene Barry, actor (New York, NY)
1922: Kevin Roche, architect (Dublin, Ireland)
1925: Pierre Salinger, White House press secretary to Democratic presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson (San Francisco, California; died 2004)
1928: Che (Ernesto) Guevara, Latin American guerrilla leader (Argentina; died 1967)
1931: Marla Gibbs, actress (Chicago, IL)
1940: Jack Bannon, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1946: Donald Trump, real estate executive (New York, NY)
1950: Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury (Swansea, Wales)
1954: Will Patton, actor (Charleston, SC)
1958: Eric Heiden, Olympic champion speed skater (Madison, WI)
1961: Boy George, singer (London, England)
1968: Yasmine Bleeth, actress (New York, NY)
1969: Steffi Graf, tennis champion (Bruhl, West Germany)


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