Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - June 14

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - June 14

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Today in History - June 14

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Today in History for June 14:

On this date:

In 1617, Canada's first farmer, Louis Hebert, arrived at Tadoussac with his wife and their three children.

In 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

In 1808, the first Methodist church in Montreal was built.

In 1872, the Canadian Pacific Railway's general charter was passed by the Dominion parliament.

In 1919, British pilots John William Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown took off from St. John's, Nfld., for the first non-stop transatlantic flight. They landed in a peat bog at Galway, Ireland, after flying about 3,100 kilometres in just over 16 hours. The flight won them a $10,000 prize offered by the London Daily Mail, and both were awarded knighthoods.

In 1928, Che Guevara was born in Rosario, Argentina. He was a theoretician and tactician of guerrilla warfare, a prominent Communist figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956-59), and later a guerrilla leader in South America. He was executed Oct. 9, 1967, after he was captured by the Bolivian army while leading a revolt. Guevara was 39.

In 1940, Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, was first opened near Krakow, Poland. Before its liberation by the Allies in 1945, over three million Jews would be murdered there.

In 1940, German forces occupied Paris during the Second World War.

In 1951, "Univac," the world's first commercial computer, was unveiled.

In 1953, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill became Sir Winston when Queen Elizabeth made him a Knight of the Garter, Britain's highest honour.

In 1966, the Vatican announced that the "Index of Prohibited Books" was being abolished. The first edition of the index was instituted by Pope Paul IV in 1557. It was a list of publications which the Roman Catholic Church censored for being a danger to the church itself or the faith of its members. The 1948 edition contained 4,000 titles censored for reasons including heresy, moral deficiency and political incorrectness.

In 1977, Alan Reed, the original voice of Fred Flintstone, died at 69.

In 1982, 74 days after invading the Falkland Islands, Argentine forces surrendered to the British.

In 1984, a Liberal party leadership convention opened in Ottawa, with a gala tribute to retiring Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1985, Lebanese Shiite Muslim gunmen hijacked a TWA flight after takeoff from Athens. Hours later, the hijackers killed U.S. navy diver Robert Stethem as the plane landed at Beirut.

In 1989, former U.S. president Ronald Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.

In 1990, Toronto lost to Hanover, Germany -- by a one-vote margin -- in a bid to stage the Expo 2000 world's fair.

In 1994, rioting broke out in Vancouver after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Rangers in New York in Game 7. …

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