History of 14 June
1900 – Hawaii became a U.S. territory.
1907 – Women in Norway won the right to vote.
1917 – General John Pershing arrived in Paris during World War I.
1919 – The first non-stop trans-Atlantic flight began. Captain John Alcott and Lt. Arthur Brown flew from Newfoundland to Ireland.
1922 – Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on the radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.
1927 – Nicaraguan President Adolfo Diaz signed a treaty with the U.S. allowing American intervention in his country.
1940 – The Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland.
1940 – German troops entered Paris. As Paris became occupied loudspeakers announced the implementation of a curfew being imposed for 8 p.m.
1943 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schoolchildren could not be made to salute the U.S. flag if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs.
1944 – Sixty U.S. B-29 Superfortress’ attacked an iron and steel works factory on Honshu Island.
1945 – Burma was liberated by Britain.
1949 – The state of Vietnam was formed.
1951 – “Univac I” was unveiled. It was a computer designed for the U.S. Census Bureau and billed as the world’s first commercial computer.
1952 – The Nautilus was dedicated. It was the first nuclear-powered submarine.
1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.
1954 – Americans took part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.
1965 – A military triumvirate took control in Saigon, South Vietnam.
1967 – Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. The space probe’s flight took it past Venus.
1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.
1987 – The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA title by defeating the defending Boston Celtics.
1989 – Former U.S. President Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
1990 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld police checkpoints that are used to examine drivers for signs of intoxication.
1994 – The New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup by defeating the Vancouver Canucks. It was the first time the Rangers had won the cup in 54 years.
2002 – Actor Kirk Douglas received the UCLA Medal. The award is presented to people for cultural, political and humanitarian achievements.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Elano, Brazilian footballer, and manager
- 1982 – Jamie Green, English race car driver
- 1982 – Nicole Irving, Australian swimmer
- 1982 – Lang Lang, Chinese pianist
- 1983 – Trevor Barry, Bahamian high jumper
- 1983 – Louis Garrel, French actor, director, and screenwriter
- 1984 – Lorenzo Booker, American football player
- 1984 – Mark Cosgrove, Australian cricketer
- 1984 – Siobhán Donaghy, English singer-songwriter
- 1984 – Yury Prilukov, Russian swimmer
- 1985 – Oleg Medvedev. Russian luger
- 1985 – Andy Soucek, Spanish race car driver
- 1986 – Matt Read, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1987 – Andrew Cogliano, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1987 – Mohamed Diamé, Senegalese footballer
- 1988 – Adrián Aldrete, Mexican footballer
- 1989 – Lucy Hale, American actress, and singer-songwriter
- 1989 – Brad Takairangi, Australian-Cook Islands rugby league player
- 1990 – Patrice Cormier, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1990 – Stephen McLaughlin, Irish footballer
- 1991 – Kostas Manolas, Greek footballer
- 1992 – Devante Smith-Pelly, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1993 – Gurinder Sandhu, Australian cricketer
- 1994 – Moon Tae-il, Korean singer
- 1999 – Chou Tzu-yu, Taiwanese singer