June 14, 1775: U.S. Army founded; Congress authorized 20,000 men. June 14, 1777: Congress approved resolution providing that the U.S. flag have 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 stars in a blue canton.
June 14, 1900: Hawaii was organized as U.S. territory. June 14, 1967: Mariner 5, U.S. unmanned Venus probe, was launched. June 15, 1752: Benjamin Franklin flew kite to prove that lightning is electricity. June 15, 1836: Arkansas became the 25th state to join the Union.
June 16, 1976: U.S. Ambassador Francis E. Meloy Jr., aide Robert O. Waring, and their Lebanese driver were kidnapped and killed in Beirut. June 17, 1775: In Battle of Bunker Hill (actually Breed’s Hill) in Revolutionary War, Americans lost battle but inflicted greatest casualties of the war on British forces. June 17, 1971: Japan and U.S. signed Okinawa treaty, returning the Ryukyu Islands to Japanese control. June 20, 1782: Congress adopted design for Great Seal of the United States. June 20, 1863: West Virginia became the 35th state to join the Union.