Today is Monday, June 14, the 166th day of 2004. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

On this date:

In 1775, the United States Army was founded.

In 1841, the first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.

In 1846, a group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California.

In 1928, the Republican National Convention nominated Herbert Hoover for president on the first ballot.

In 1940, German troops entered Paris during World War II.

In 1940, in German-occupied Poland, the Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz.

In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so conflicted with their religious beliefs.

In 1954, 50 years ago, President Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

In 1993, President Clinton chose Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg to serve on the Supreme Court.

Ten years ago: President Clinton unveiled a $9.3 billion welfare reform plan. Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini died in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age 70. The New York Rangers won hockey's Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden.

Five years ago: About 15,000 NATO peacekeepers spread out across Kosovo, including a convoy of about 1,200 U.S. Marines. The Supreme Court opened the door to full broadcast advertising of casino gambling, ruling a federal ban aimed at protecting compulsive gamblers violated free-speech rights.

One year ago: A wave estimated at about 20 feet tall capsized the charter fishing boat Taki-Tooo off the northern Oregon coast; nine people were killed, two others are missing and presumed dead; eight survived by swimming to shore. A car driven by Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien struck and killed pedestrian Jim Reed; O'Brien was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to probation.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Gene Barry is 81. Former White House news secretary Pierre Salinger is 79. Actress Marla Gibbs is 73. Actor Jack Bannon is 64. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 59. Real estate developer Donald Trump is 58. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 58. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 55. Actor Eddie Mekka is 52. Actor Will Patton is 50. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 46. Singer Boy George is 43. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 41. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 36. Tennis player Steffi Graf is 35. Actress Traylor Howard is 33. Actor Daryl Sabara is 12.

Thought for Today: "Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought." - Henri Bergson, French philosopher (1859-1941).


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