Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2019. There are 200 days left in the year. This is Flag Day.

Today in history

On June 14, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure adding the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

Also on this date:

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

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

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

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

Fun fact

It takes 713 gallons of water to make one cotton T-shirt.

Fitness factoids

1. Hypertension, popularly known as high blood pressure, can be reduced to a lower level by following a routine of running.

2. We can burn at least 10 calories per minute when running.

3. 112 ligaments, 26 bones, 33 joints, nerves, blood vessels and tendons work together when we run.

Trending words

“Kinetic:” adjective; (ki·​net·​ic). Definition: Of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith; active, lively, dynamic or energizing.

From Merriam-Webster

Today’s birthdays

Actress Marla Gibbs is 88. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is 80. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 76. Rock singer Rod Argent (The Zombies; Argent) is 74. President Donald Trump is 73. Singer Janet Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 73. Rock musician Barry Melton is 72. Rock musician Alan White (Yes) is 70. Actor Eddie Mekka is 67. Actor Will Patton is 65. Olympic gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden is 61. Jazz musician Marcus Miller is 60. Singer Boy George is 58. Rock musician Chris DeGarmo is 56. Actress Traylor Howard is 53. Actress Yasmine Bleeth is 51. Actor Faizon Love is 51. Actor Stephen Wallem is 51. International Tennis Hall of Famer Steffi Graf is 50. Actor Sullivan Stapleton is 42. Screenwriter Diablo Cody is 41. Actor Lawrence Saint-Victor is 37. Actor Torrance Coombs is 36. Actor J.R. Martinez is 36. Actor-singer Kevin McHale is 31. Actress Lucy Hale is 30. Pop singer Jesy Nelson (Little Mix) is 28. Country singer Joel Crouse is 27. Actor Daryl Sabara is 27.

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