June 14, 2013

Today in History


---- — Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2013. 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:

Ten years 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. The Czech Republic voted to join the European Union.

Five years ago: Iran rejected a six-nation offer of incentives to stop enriching uranium, prompting President George W. Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy to jointly warn Tehran anew during a news conference in Paris against proceeding toward a nuclear bomb.

One year ago: In dueling speeches in the battleground state of Ohio, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaking in Cincinnati, described the Obama administration as the very "enemy" of people who create jobs; President Barack Obama, going second in Cleveland, asked the nation to buy into his vision for four more years or face a return to the recession-era "mistakes of the past."

Today's Birthdays: Actress Marla Gibbs is 82. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 74. Writer Peter Mayle is 74. Actor Jack Bannon is 73. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 70. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 68. Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump is 67. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 67. Rock musician Barry Melton is 66. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 64. Actor Eddie Mekka is 61. Actor Will Patton is 59. Olympic gold-medal speed skater Eric Heiden (HY'-dun) is 55. Singer Boy George is 52. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 50. Actress Traylor Howard is 47. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 45. Actor Faizon Love is 45. International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 44. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 35. Actor J.R. Martinez is 30. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 25. Actress Lucy Hale is 24. Actor Daryl Sabara is 21.

Thought for Today: "I am not the flag; not at all. I am but its shadow." — Franklin Knight Lane, U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1864-1921).