Today is Saturday, June 14, the 165th day of 2014. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted a resolution specifying that "the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."
Glancing Backward Locally:
25 years ago - 1989
Beginning in September of the 1989-90 school year, there's going to be just one high school in the Athens Area School District.
Members of the Troy Lions Club have received a letter from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission requesting the club discontinue black face in their annual minstrel.
On hand for the recent signing of articles of incorporation for the Bradford Sullivan Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross were Homer Hicks, Margaret Lattimer, Teresa Hunt and Dick Snell.
75 years ago - 1939
During a recent meeting, the P.P. Bliss Memorial Association executive committee discussed details of plans for this year's observance of the Bliss anniversary.
Flag Week observance in Towanda will be climaxed with a big patriotic parade.
Monroeton Junior Band will hold its first concert of the summer in the park at Monroeton.
Elsewhere on this date:
In 1775, the Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was created.
In 1801, former American Revolutionary War general and notorious turncoat Benedict Arnold died in London.
In 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.
In 1934, Max Baer defeated Primo Carnera with an 11th round TKO to win the world heavyweight boxing championship in Long Island City, New York.
In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War II; the same day, the Nazis began transporting prisoners to the Auschwitz (OWSH'-vitz) concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
In 1943, the U.S. Supreme Court, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, ruled 6-3 that children in public schools could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.
In 1967, the space probe Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.
In 1982, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands.
In 1985, the 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite (SHEE'-eyet) Muslim extremists seized the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece.
Ten years ago: The Supreme Court allowed schoolchildren to keep affirming loyalty to one nation "under God," but dodged the underlying question of whether the Pledge of Allegiance was an unconstitutional blending of church and state.
Five years ago: The Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th championship, beating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA finals.
One year ago: The Associated Press reported that Minnesota resident Michael Karkoc, 94, had been a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children, then lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States a few years after World War II. (German and Polish authorities are investigating; Karkoc's family has accused the AP of "slanderous allegations.")
Today's Birthdays: Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 68. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 65. Singer Boy George is 53. International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 45. Actress Lucy Hale is 25. Actor Daryl Sabara is 22.
Thought for Today: "The flag is the embodiment not of sentiment, but of history." - President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).