Today in History: June 14

Today in History: June 14

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1381

The Peasants' Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxes when rebels plunder and burn the Tower of London and kill the Archbishop of Canterbury.

1642

Massachusetts passes the first compulsory education law in the colonies.

1775

The U.S. Army is founded when the Continental Congress authorizes the muster of troops.

1777

The Continental Congress authorizes the "stars and stripes" flag for the new United States.

1789

Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrives in Timor in a small boat. He had been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied.

1846

A group of settlers declare California to be a republic.

1864

At the Battle of Pine Mountain, Georgia, Confederate General Leonidas Polk is killed by a Union shell.

1893

The city of Philadelphia observes the first Flag Day.

1907

Women in Norway win the right to vote.

1922

President Warren G. Harding becomes the first president to speak on the radio.

1927

Nicaraguan President Porfirio Diaz signs a treaty with the U.S. allowing American intervention in his country.

1932

Representative Edward Eslick dies on the floor of the House of Representatives while pleading for the passage of the bonus bill.

1940

German forces occupy Paris.

1942

The Supreme Court rules that requiring students to salute the American flag is unconstitutional.

1944

Boeing B-29 bombers conduct their first raid against mainland Japan.

1945

Burma is liberated by the British.

1949

The State of Vietnam is formed.

1951

UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, is demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr.

1954

Americans take part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.

1965

A military triumvirate takes control in Saigon, South Vietnam.

1982

Argentina surrenders to the United Kingdom ending the Falkland Islands War.

1985

Gunmen hijack a passenger jet over the Middle East.

1989

Congressman William Gray, an African American, is elected Democratic Whip of the House of Representatives.

1995

Chechen rebels take 2,000 people hostage in a hospital in Russia.