June 14 in Pop Culture History

June 14

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

1775 -The Continental Army was established by the Continental Congress, marking the birth of the United States Army.

1777 – The Stars and Stripes was adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States. Today, June 14 is officially ‘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 blood stream, 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 WooleyThe Purple People Eater

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

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: AmericaSister Golden Hair

1985 – Prizzi’s Honor was released in theaters

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

1991 – Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves debuted in theaters

1996 – Wallace and Gromit and The Cable Guy were released in theaters

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

2002 – The Bourne Identity and Scooby-Doo debuted in theaters

2011 – Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Broadway Musical) Opened on June 14, 2011 and Closed: January 4, 2014

2013 – Man of Steel and The Bling Ring were released in theaters

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