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Today in history, June 14

1775: The Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was created.

1777: The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the design of the Stars and Stripes, specifying a flag containing thirteen red and white stripes and 13 stars.

1801: Former American Revolutionary War general and notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London.

1922: Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.

1934: Max Baer defeated Primo Carnera with an 11th round TKO to win the world heavyweight boxing championship.

1940: German troops entered Paris during World War II; the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.

1943: The U.S. Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education vs. Barnette, ruled 6-3 that children in public schools could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States.

1954: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill adding the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

1982: Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands.

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