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ON THIS DAY TODAY

  • 1775 - The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense.
  • This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.
  • 1777 - The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the "Stars and Stripes" as the national flag of the United States.
  • 1789 - Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat.
  • 1834 - Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for his reaping machine.
  • 1834 - Isaac Fischer Jr. patented sandpaper.
  • 1841 - The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.
  • 1846 - A group of U.S. settlers in Sonoma proclaimed the Republic of California.
  • 1893 - Philadelphia observed the first Flag Day.
  • 1900 - Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

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