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United States: Flag Day
(Observed annually on this date since 1917 to commemorate congressional approval of the design of the U.S. Flag 06/14/1777)
Flag Day
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1811 Harriet Beecher Stowe (Connecticut-born Author of Uncle Tom's Cabin) Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery American Civil War
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1886 Conger Neblett (The "Texas Bird Lady" Who Added over 20 New Species to the State's Bird List) Texas Scientists and Mathematicians Birds Texas State Historical Association
Political and Social Leaders
1855 Robert La Follette (Wisconsin-born U.S. Senator) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin  Historical Society
1943 Frank Sensenbrenner (Chicago-born U.S. Senator from Wisconsin) Chicago Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin  Historical Society
Sports Figures
1958 Eric Heiden (Wisconsin-born Olympic Champion Speed Skater) Wisconsin Sports Figures Speed Skating Hall of Fame 1980 Winter Olympics Wisconsin  Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1883 Charles Jones Jenkins (South Carolina-born Governor of Georgia) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1946 William Allen (Delaware-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Delaware Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
2007 Kurt Waldheim (Austrian-born Secretary General of the United Nations, 1972-82) United Nations Kurt Waldheim Nazi Germany The Cold War
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1671 At Sault Ste. Marie, Simon Francois, Sieur de St. Lusson Declares the Interior of North America for France  French Explorers and Pioneers  Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan North American Explorers State of Michigan Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1736 James Oglethorpe Directs Plans Be Drawn Up for a New Town at the Head of the Savannah River to Be Named Augusta Augusta, Georgia James Oglethorpe Rivers Georgia Historical Society
1775 The United States Army Is Founded by the Continental Congress Continental Congress U.S. Army New York Times
1777 The Continental Congress Approves the Design of a National Flag U.S. Flag The Continental Congress Library of Congress History Channel University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1819 The First Court in Clark County, Arkansas Is Held at the Home of Jacob Barkman Clark County, Arkansas Law Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1846 The First Mormons Arrive in Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa Mormons Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
In California, Americans Seize the Sonoma Garrison and Raise the Bear Flag California Forts Hispanic Heritage Learn California
1860 The First Issue of the New York World Is Published  New York York Media  Journalism Historic Firsts New York  Historical Society
1863 Confederate Troops Easily Overwhelm a Small Union Garrison in the Shenandoah Valley Town of Winchester, Virginia Winchester, Virginia Winchester History Channel
Union Troops Destroy a Salt Works Near Florida's Alligator Bay Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1868 In Minnesota, the First Ojibwe Relocate to the White Earth Reservation  White Earth Reservation  Ojibwe Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1870 A Loss to the Brooklyn Atlantics Snaps a 130-game Winning Streak for the Cincinnati Red Stockings Baseball Team  Cincinnati, Ohio  New York City Sports Figures  Baseball Ohio Historical Society
1885 Flag Day Is First Observed in Wisconsin Wisconsin Flag Day Holidays and Celebrations Historic Firsts Wisconsin  Historical Society
"Knee Deep in June," a Poem by James Whitcomb Riley, Is First Published  James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Indiana  Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1902 The West Virginia Osteopathic Society Is Formed in Parkersburg West Virginia Health Care West Virginia State Archive
1917 President Woodrow Wilson Addresses the Nation's Public on the Annual Celebration of Flag Day Flag Day President Woodrow Wilson World War I History Channel
1920 Sul Ross State Normal College Begins Operations in Alpine, Texas Alpine, Texas Education Sul Ross State University Texas State Historical Association
1934 Ocmulgee National Monument Is Created Near the Eastern Banks of the Ocmulgee River in Macon, Georgia Ocmulgee National Monument Mississippian Prehistoric Indians National Park Service Georgia Historical Society
1940 Nazis Occupy Paris, France Paris Nazi Germany World War II History Channel BBC
The Nazis Open the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in German-Occupied Poland Poland Nazi Germany The Holocaust World War II New York Times
1943 In Georgia, Martin Luther King, Sr. Chair a Meeting of the Atlanta Citizens' Committee on the Equalization of Teachers' Salaries Atlanta, Georgia Education Labor Economics African-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
1944 In Alaska, Fire Destroys Much of the Town of Hoonah, Including Many Important Tlingit Cultural Objects Hoonah, Alaska Tlingit Fire Alaska Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1952 The Boston Braves Sign 18-year-old Hank Aaron to a Contract for $350 a Month Boston Massachusetts Hank Aaron Baseball Hall of Fame Labor Economics African-American Sports Figures Georgia Historical Society
1954 The United States Conducts Its First Nationwide Civil Defense Drill The Cold War Historic Firsts History Channel
President Dwight Eisenhower Signs Order Adding ''under God'' to the Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance President Eisenhower Religion Separation of Church and State The Cold War New York Times
1962 The New Mexico Supreme Court Prohibits Denying Indians the Right to Vote Because They Live on a Reservation  New Mexico  Native-American Heritage  Voting Rights Civil Rights/Human Rights  Law New Mexico Magazine
1968 In Boston, Dr. Spock and Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin Are Convicted for Aiding Draft Resisters Massachusetts Crime Vietnam War History Channel
1969 U.S. Command Announces the Withdrawal of Two Brigades (13,000+ Troops) from Vietnam President Richard Nixon Vietnam War History Channel
1981 A Minnesota Tornado Causes $47M Damage in Edina, Minneapolis and Roseville, Killing One Person Minnesota Tornado Death Economics Minnesota Historical Society
1985 Shiite Hezbollah Terrorists Begin a 17-Day Siege, Hijacking TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome Air Disasters Islam Terrorism History Channel