1775 – The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense. This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15th, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.
1777 – The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States.
1834 – Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper.
1841 – The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.
1907 – Women in Norway won the right to vote.
1922 – Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to be heard on radio. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.
1940 – The Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz in German-occupied Poland.
1940 – German troops entered Paris. As Paris became occupied loud speakers announced the implementation of a curfew being imposed for 8 p.m.
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. (Image: slate.com)
1965 – Paul McCartney recorded the song “Yesterday”.
1967 – Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy, FL. The space probe’s flight took it past Venus.
1971 – In London, the first Hard Rock Cafe opened.
1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the Falkland Islands.
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.
(Sources: on-the-day-com, imdb.com)