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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sixth title for the Bulls, new president in Iran ... on this date in history.

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A B-29 Superfortress flies above the American flag during a World War II anniversary event in Washington May 8, 2015. The Stars and Stripes officially became the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
A B-29 Superfortress flies above the American flag during a World War II anniversary event in Washington May 8, 2015. The Stars and Stripes officially became the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. File Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

Today is Sunday, June 14, the 165th day of 2015 with 200 to follow.

This is Flag Day in the United States.

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The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in 1811; bookseller John Bartlett, compiler of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," in 1820; German physician Alois Alzheimer in 1864; singer/composer Cliff Edwards (also the voice of Jiminy Cricket in Disney's "Pinocchio") in 1895; photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in 1904; actor/folksinger Burl Ives in 1909; actor Dorothy McGuire in 1916; actor Gene Barry in 1919; Cuban revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara in 1928; actor Marla Gibbs in 1931 (age 84); musician Junior Walker in 1931; Joe Arpaio, sheriff in Arizona, in 1932 (age 83); rock musician Rod Argent in 1945 (age 70); real estate mogul Donald Trump in 1946 (age 69); former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in 1950 (age 65); women's basketball Coach Pat Summitt in 1952 (age 63); Olympic gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden in 1958 (age 57); singer Boy George (George O'Dowd) in 1961 (age 54); actor Traylor Howard in 1966 (age 49); actor Yasmine Bleeth in 1968 (age 47); TV journalist Campbell Brown in 1968 (age 47); tennis star Steffi Graf in 1969 (age 46); Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang in 1982 (age 33); actors Daryl and Evan Sabara in 1992 (age 23).

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On this date in history:

In 1623, in the first breach-of-promise lawsuit in the United States, the Rev. Greville Pooley sued Cicely Jordan in Charles City, Va., for jilting him for another man.

In 1775, the Continental Congress established the army as the first U.S. military service.

In 1777, the Stars and Stripes became the national U.S. flag.

In 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first U.S. president to broadcast a message over the radio. The occasion was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial in Baltimore.

In 1933, the first Superman comic book -- Action Comic No. 1 -- was published.

In 1951, Univac I, the world's first commercial computer, designed for the U.S. Census Bureau, was introduced.

In 1954, the phrase "under God" was formally added to U.S. Pledge of Allegiance.

In 1985, Shiite Muslim gunmen commandeered TWA Flight 847 carrying 153 passengers and crew from Athens to Rome. (The ordeal ended 17 days later in Beirut, where one of the hostages, a U.S. sailor, was killed.)

In 1990, flash floods killed at least 26 people and damaged or destroyed more than 800 homes in four eastern Ohio counties.

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In 1993, U.S. President Bill Clinton nominated federal Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. (She succeeded Justice Byron White.)

In 1998, the Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA title in eight years and third in a row, defeating the Utah Jazz in the championship series.

In 1999, the South African National Assembly elected Thabo Mbeki as president, succeeding Nelson Mandela. Mbeki had served as deputy president under Mandela.

In 2002, U.S. Roman Catholic Church leaders adopted new rules for all dioceses calling for removal from active service of any priest found to have abused a minor and for the reporting of accusations to civil authorities.

In 2003, the Czech Republic voted overwhelmingly to join the European Union.

In 2008, heavy rains flooded Iowa and other Midwestern states, claiming at least 24 lives and damaging millions of acres of corn and soybeans.

In 2013, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran.

In 2014, former NFL running back Rodney Thomas (Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons) died in Groveton, Texas, of a heart attack at the age of 41.

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A thought for the day: "A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy." -- Nelson Mandela

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