Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/June 14
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|1777 – The Second Continental Congress adopted the stars and stripes design for the flag of the United States.||refimprove section|
|1807 – In the last major battle in the War of the Fourth Coalition, the French defeated the Russians at the Battle of Friedland near present-day Pravdinsk, Russia.||unreferenced section|
|1985 – TWA Flight 847 was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Athens, where it with its passengers and crew then endured a three-day intercontinental ordeal as they were forced to travel back and forth several times between Beirut and Algiers.||refimprove|
- 1645 – English Civil War: In the Battle of Naseby, the main army of King Charles I was defeated by the Parliamentarian New Model Army under Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell.
- 1800 – War of the Second Coalition: In the Battle of Marengo, Napoleonic forces secured victory over the Habsburgs when defeat had appeared inevitable until the arrival of French troops led by Louis Desaix.
- 1822 – In a paper presented to the Royal Astronomical Society, English mathematician Charles Babbage proposed a difference engine, an automatic, mechanical calculator designed to tabulate polynomial functions.
- 1940 – The Soviet Union issued an ultimatum to Lithuania, demanding that the Red Army be allowed to enter the country and form a new pro-Soviet government.
- 1940 – World War II: Four days after the French government fled Paris, German forces occupied the French capital (pictured), essentially ending the Battle of France.
- 1966 – The Vatican formally abolished its 427-year-old list of prohibited books.
- 1985 – The Schengen Agreement, a treaty to abolish systematic border controls between participating European countries, was signed between five of the ten member states of the European Economic Community.
- 1999 – Thabo Mbeki took office as the President of South Africa.
June 14: Liberation Day in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (1982); Trooping the Colour and the Queen's Official Birthday in the United Kingdom and several other Commonwealth countries (2014); Flag Day in the United States
- 1285 – Forces led by Prince Trần Quang Khải of Vietnam's Trần dynasty destroyed most of the invading Mongol naval fleet in a battle at Chuong Duong.
- 1846 – Anglo-American settlers in the Town of Sonoma began a rebellion against Mexico, proclaiming the California Republic and eventually raising a homemade flag with a bear and star (digital reproduction pictured).
- 1940 – Four days after the French government fled Paris, German forces occupied the French capital, essentially ending the Battle of France.
- 1982 – Argentine forces surrendered to the British, essentially ending the Falklands War.
- 1994 – After the Vancouver Canucks lost to the New York Rangers in ice hockey's Stanley Cup Finals, a riot ensued in Downtown Vancouver, causing C$1.1 million in damage.