TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT June 14, 1943

The U.S. Supreme Court, in West Vir­ginia State Board of Ed­u­ca­tion v. Bar­nette, ruled 6-3 that pub­lic school stu­dents could not be forced to salute the flag of the United States.

ON THIS DATE 1777

The Sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Congress ap­proved the de­sign of the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can flag.

1940

Ger­man troops en­tered Paris dur­ing World War II; the same day, the Nazis be­gan trans­port­ing pris­on­ers to the Auschwitz (OWSH’-vitz) con­cen­tra­tion camp in Ger­man-oc­cu­pied Poland.

1954

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

1985

The 17-day hi­jack or­deal of TWA Flight 847 be­gan as a pair of Le­banese Shi­ite Mus­lim ex­trem­ists seized the jet­liner shortly af­ter take­off from Athens, Greece.

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