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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Green Sheet -

In 1775, the Con­ti­nen­tal Army, fore­run­ner of the United States Army, was cre­ated.

In 1777, the Sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Congress ap­proved the de­sign of the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can flag. (The date of­fi­cially has been cel­e­brated as Flag Day since 1949.)

In 1940, dur­ing World War II, Ger­man troops en­tered Paris, and be­gan trans­port­ing pris­on­ers to the Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camp in Nazi-oc­cu­pied Poland.

In 1954, Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower signed a mea­sure adding the phrase “un­der God” to the Pledge of Al­le­giance.

In 1968, Ben­jamin Spock and three other peace ac­tivists were con­victed of con­spir­ing to en­cour­age men to evade the draft dur­ing the Viet­nam War. (The verdicts were over­turned by an ap­peals court.)

In 1972, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency or­dered a ban on do­mes­tic use of the pes­ti­cide DDT, to take ef­fect at year’s end.

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

Ten years ago: Iran re­jected a six­na­tion of­fer of in­cen­tives to stop en­rich­ing ura­nium.

Five years 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 im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials to get into the United States af­ter World War II. (Pol­ish au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing to ex­tra­dite Karkoc; Ger­many halted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter de­cid­ing he was un­fit to stand trial. Karkoc’s fam­ily de­nies he was in­volved in any war crimes.)

One year ago: A gun­man opened fire on Repub­li­can law­mak­ers at a con­gres­sional base­ball prac­tice in Alexan­dria, Va., wound­ing House Whip Steve Scalise and oth­ers; the shooter died in a bat­tle with po­lice.

AP

Ger­man troops march through Paris on June 14, 1940.

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