1954 : As the continuing Cold War jitters hit America in the Fifties a large scale nationwide civil defense drill is held where the simulation of over 12 million Americans die in a mock nuclear attack. The event stood as a stark reminder that the United States and the world was now living under a nuclear shadow. This in turn did help to get the leaders of the worlds 2 largest nuclear powers to work together to stop the spread of nuclear proliferation and eventually to agree to dismantle many nuclear weapons . At that time many believed that any nuclear war would end in both countries being destroyed with no winner only losers.
1929 : The population in the US continues to grow at a rate of 1.4 million a year with current census estimates predicting 120,000,000 next year.
1939 : A second transatlantic commercial service is planned using the latest in flying boats.
1939 : As the use of electricity increases the cost has come down an example below:
In 1921 the cost to light a 100 watt lamp for two hours was 1 1/2 cents
In 1939 the cost to light a 100 watt lamp for two hours was 3/4 cent
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Born: June 14, 1946, Queens, New York
Known For : Donald Trump was elected as the US president in 2016. He was the first US president to be elected without having served in any type of public office and one of the oldest at the time of his first election. Prior to his time in office, he was a real estate developer and television star known for his brash and controversial persona.
1940 : German tanks rolled into Paris and took control of the city and the German Gestapo went to work with arrests and interrogations as a gigantic swastika flew beneath the Arc de Triomphe.
1942 : Anne Frank began her diary after she receives it for her 13th birthday, the diary details her life in hiding from the Nazis in hidden rooms in her father Otto Frank's office building and has become one of the world's most widely read books. She died while held in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp of typhus in March 1945.
1943 : In the case of West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, the United States Supreme Court decided that schoolchildren cannot be forced to give a salute to the United States flag.
1954 : President Eisenhower signed a bill to add the words "under God" to the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
1961 : Following increasing numbers of accidents at uncontrolled zebra crossings a new type of road crossing with push button controls which will allow pedestrians to stop traffic with flashing lights is to be introduced next year.
1967 : The Mariner 5 spacecraft raced a heavier Soviet probe toward Venus to penetrate with electronic fingers the planet's mysterious veil of clouds and help scientists see if Venus is a fit place to live, In the end the glory did go the Soviet Probe which did reach Venus 1 day ahead of Mariner 5.
1972 : Following a series of plane hijackings The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA) has called a 24-hour stoppage for June 19th and accused governments of failing to take action to halt air piracy.
1973 : Dr. Benjamin Spock (famous author of The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care) and three others, including Yale University Chaplain William Sloane Coffin, Jr., are convicted of conspiring to aid, abet, and counsel draft registrants to violate the Selective Service Act.
1977 : Non-Smokers win court battle with Eastern Airlines which required Eastern to have at least 65% non smoking seats, this was a landmark case in many ways and the forerunner to smoking being banned on all flights.
1982 : The Falkland Islands War ends when Argentina surrenders to Great Britain after a war lasting 6 weeks.
1985 : TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by Shiite Hezbollah terrorists 2 of the Lebanese terrorists, armed with grenades and a 9-mm. pistol, then forced the plane to land in Beirut, Lebanon.
1995 : Discussions are again centering on replacing the dollar bill with a dollar coin by treasury officials and the latest design is smaller than the original famous Susan B Anthony Dollar.
1998 : In a combined show of strength NATO Defense Forces from a number of countries are gathering close to the Serbian province of Kosovo in Albania and Macedonia. At the same time Russian President Boris Yeltsin is meeting with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic hoping to convince him to end his assault on Kosovo and end the bloodshed. The G8 nations which includes Russia, United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy have issued a list of demands to President Milosevic, which include an end to action against civilians and for refugees to be allowed to return to their homes. Meanwhile as thousands of refugees have fled to Albania from Kosovo an airlift carrying urgent aid including food, medicine, blankets and makeshift shelters are being flown to temporary Refugee camps in Albania.
1999 : The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart and the UK supermarket chain ASDA have agreed to a £6.72bn ($10.8bn) for supermarket group Asda beating out the offer from the Kingfisher group.
2001 : The Gothenburg Summit ends having focused on the European Union's enlargement which will bring the number of members up from 15 to 27 over the next decade. The other major discussion area was pressing ahead with implementation of the 1997 Kyoto protocol on global warming. Much of the summit was dominated by violent clashes between anti-globalization protesters and police. During the visit by US President Bush negotiations broke down over the implementation of the "Kyoto treaty". Mr Bush described the Kyoto treaty as "unrealistic and not based on science".
2005 : Following on from criticism from around the world and senators from his own Republican party, The US Vice-President Dick Cheney has defended all means used at Guantanamo Bay prison as justified to prevent further attacks on the US. A recent report published in Time magazine and authenticated by the Pentagon describes the treatment of one prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani which includes: Forced to bark like a dog, Stand for prolonged periods, Had his facial hair shaved off, Pictures of scantily clad women hung round his neck, Forcibly injected with fluids after refusing food and water, "invasion of space by a female" in which he was straddled by a woman soldier.
2005 : A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami warning which forced the evacuation of thousands of residents of Crescent City and other surrounding coastal communities. There were no major injuries and very little damage that occurred, and the tsunami never happened.
2007 : Over two hundred people, twenty-nine of them children, were rescued by police after being held as slave workers brick kilns in China. Over thirty-five thousand police were sent to the central province of Henan to 7,500 different brick kilns in the area after the media reported of child slavery inn brick kilns in a neighboring province.
2008 : Famed Brazilian samba singer, Jamelao, died at the age of ninety-five. The singer's full name was Jose Bispo Clementino dos Santos and he had a five decade singing career and recorded over twenty records.
2011 : Seven of the Republican presidential nomination hopefuls staged their first debate for the 2012 election campaign. The candidates focused their barbs not at each other but against President Obama and his healthcare reform. The debate took place at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire and featured such possible candidates as Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich.
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Born: June 14th, 1950, Swansea, United Kingdom
Died: October 22, 1995, Los Angeles, California
Known For : Rowan Williams was appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury on December 2nd, 2002. He had gone to Cambridge in the late Sixties, and received a doctorate from Oxford in 1975. He was a vicar and teacher in Cambridge between 1977 and 1986, before teaching theology at Oxford. He went on to be Bishop of Monmouth (1991-1999) and Archbishop of Wales (2000-2002) before becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury. He continues to publish theological work, and is the 104th Archbishop.
1950s Prices including inflation prices for homes, wages, etc.
Baby Boomers raise families following 20 years of unrest (Great Depression and World War II) the peak of the Baby Boomer Years
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2012 : After a decision by the United States to suspend investment sanctions against Burma, Coca Cola has stated that it would resume business operations in Burma once the US started issuing licenses to start investment in the country. Coca Cola had not operated in Burma for sixty years and the country was only one of three that the company had not been doing business with, the other two countries were Cuba and North Korea.
2013 : The US government announced it would give military aid to the Syrian rebels. The US made the decision after they concluded that Syrian President Bashar al Assad had used chemical weapons against the Syrian people. The Syrian government responded that the United States was lying.