June 14 in Pop Culture History

June 14 History, Trivia and Fun Facts

June 14 History Highlights

  • 1775 -The Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.
  • 1900 – Hawaii became a United States territory.
  • 1949 – Albert II, a rhesus monkey, rode a V-2 rocket to an altitude of 83 miles (134 km), thereby becoming the first monkey in space.
  • 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law that placed the words “under God” into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
  • If you were born on June 14th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… September 21st (prior year)

Flag Day Trivia

  • 1923 – The National Flag Conference called for the words ‘My Flag’ to be changed to the Flag of the United States. The reason given was to ensure that immigrants knew to which flag reference was being made. The words “of America” were added in 1924. The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge as the official national pledge on December 28, 1945.
  • 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed this day as Flag Day.
  • 1937 – Pennsylvania became the first state of the United States to celebrate Flag Day officially as a state holiday.
  • 1949 – The United States Congress made it even more official by proclaiming today National Flag Day.
  • The Pledge of allegiance was written for the children’s magazine Youth’s Companion by Christian Socialist author and Baptist minister Francis Bellamy on September 7, 1892.
  • In New York City on April 22, 1951, the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution to amend their recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the opening of each of the meetings of the 800 Fourth Degree Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus by addition of the words “under God” after the words “one nation.”
  • I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    Francis Bellamy’s Original Pledge:
    I Pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all.

Flag Day & Patriotic Jokes

What did one flag say to the other flag?
Nothing. It just waved!

The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. ‘We live in a great country,’ she announced. ‘One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.’
Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, ‘I’m not free. I’m four.’
What did King George think of the American colonists?
He thought they were revolting!
Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: On the bottom!
Teacher: Which son of old Virginia wrote the Declaration of Independence?
Student: I think it was Thomas Jeffer’s son.
Q: What’s the difference between a duck and George Washington?
A: One has a bill on his face, and the other has his face on a bill

June 14 is…

Bourbon Day
Flag Day
Strawberry Shortcake Day

June 14 Birthday Quotes

“Surround yourself with the right people, and realize your own worth.”
– Lucy Hale

“It’s a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.”
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

“I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die. It’s just that simple. It’s not even a choice. It’s a calling.”
– Pamela Geller

“The best thing you can do is work on your personality because we’re all gonna get ugly.”
– Boy George

“You can’t measure success if you have never failed. My father has taught me that if you really do want to reach your goals, you can’t spend any time worrying about whether you’re going to win or lose. Focus only on getting better.”
– Steffi Graf

June 14 Birthdays

1811 – Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author and activist (died in 1896)
1864 – Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist and neuropathologist (died in 1915)
1928 – Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentinian-Cuban guerrilla leader (died in 1967)
1946 – Donald Trump, American businessman, television personality and 45th President of the United States
1958 – Pamela Geller, American activist and blogger
1961 – Boy George, English singer-songwriter
1969 – Steffi Graf, German tennis player
1984 – Siobhán Donaghy, English singer-songwriter
1988 – Kevin McHale, American actor and radio personality
1989 – Lucy Hale, American actress

June 14 History

1158 – Munich (in what is now Germany) was founded by Henry the Lion on the banks of the river Isar.

1777 – The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Today, June 14 is the official ‘Flag Day’ in the United States.

1789 – Whiskey distilled from maize was first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig. It is named Bourbon because Rev Craig lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky.

1834 – The first sandpaper was patented (#X08244, #X08245, #X08246, #X08247) and issued to Isaac Fisher, Jr., of Springfield, Vermont

1872 – Trade unions were legalized in Canada.

1884 – New York was the first state in the US to enact legislation requiring the burying of utility wires.

1938 – Dr. Benjamin Gruskin of Philadelphia, Pa. patented (#2,120,667) chlorophyll as a “therapeutic agent for the use in the treatment of infection” of the bloodstream, infected parts, and for open cuts and wounds.

1951 – The Univac1 was unveiled in Washington, DC, and dedicated as the world’s first commercial computer.

1954 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that placed the words ‘under God’ into the United States Pledge of Allegiance.

1958 #1 Hit June 14, 1958 – July 25, 1958: Sheb Wooley –The Purple People Eater

1959 – Disneyland Monorail System, the first daily operating monorail system in the Western Hemisphere, opened to the public in Anaheim, California.

1962 – The European Space Research Organisation (now European Space Agency) was established in Paris.

1966 – The Vatican announced the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (“Index of Prohibited Books”), which was originally instituted in 1557.

1967 – The People’s Republic of China tested its first hydrogen bomb.

1972 As of December 31, the insecticide DDT was banned from use in the US.

1975 #1 Hit June 14, 1975 – June 20, 1975: America – Sister Golden Hair

1986 #1 Hit June 14, 1986 – July 4, 1986: Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald – On My Own

1997 #1 Hit June 14, 1997 – August 29, 1997: Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112 – I’ll Be Missing You

2002 – The Bourne Identity was released in theaters.

2011- Broadway Show – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Musical) June 14, 2011

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Bob Ross didn’t make a cent from his TV series the Joy of Painting. His income came from selling his paint products.

Yves Montand – Real Name: Ivo Levy

A group of Clams is called a Bed.

“All you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.” #songlyrics

Useless Pronunciation: D as in Dee

Armadillos almost always give birth to quadruplets.

The term Third World arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned with either NATO or the Communist Bloc.

“Housework won’t kill you, but then again, why take the chance?” – Phyllis Diller

Carrots were cultivated to be orange as a tribute to William of Orange who led the Dutch to independence in the 17th century.

If you’re lost in the woods and you feel like you’re walking in circles, you probably are.

Superman is just as vulnerable to glitter as a normal person.

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