Thursday, June 14, 2012

14th of June

Today is the165th day of the year, with only 200 days remaining.

1648 - Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution in the Massachusetts colony.

1775 - The Continental Army is established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the US Army.

1777 - The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States.

1789 - HMS Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 4,000 mile journey in an open boat.

1789 - Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Reverend Elijah Craig.  It is aptly named Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

1846 - Anglo settlers in Sonoma, California, start a rebellion against Mexico and proclaim the California Republic.

1900 - Hawaii becomes a United States territory.

1937 - Pennsylvania becomes the first and only state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.

1940 - A group of 728 Polish political prisoners from Tarnow become the first residents of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

1954 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs a bill into law that places the words "under God" into the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

1994 - A riot occurs after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup for Vancouver, causing an estimated C$ 1.1 million, thus forcing 200 arrests and injuries.  One person is left with permanent brain damage.

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