34 fun facts for June, 14

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
June 14th is a day of celebration across the globe, with events ranging from World Blood Donor Day to the formation of the US Army and Flag Day in the United States. Other notable events include the launches of iconic media, such as Action Comics #1 and Game of Thrones' "Baelor" episode, the historic flight of the first primate in space, Albert II, and the beginning of the Schengen Agreement, fostering unity between European nations.
34 Fun facts
  1. June 14th is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day internationally, to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood and to encourage more people to become regular donors.
  2. On June 14, 1775, the United States Army was founded, as the Continental Army was formed to fight the British during the American Revolutionary War. It is also celebrated as the US Army's birthday.
  3. In the United States, June 14th is Flag Day, which commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on this day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
  4. On June 14, 1900, Hawaii officially became a US territory after President William McKinley signed the Hawaii Organic Act, marking the end of its time as a sovereign nation.
  5. On June 14, 1923, the first ever “Checker's Match of the Century” took place in the United States between Robert L. Yates and the World Checker Champion, Newell W. Banks. Banks eventually won the match.
  6. In 1938, Action Comics #1 was released on June 14, featuring the first appearance of Superman, a character who became a cultural icon and superhero for generations to come.
  7. On June 14, 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white checked diary for her 13th birthday. Her diary, documenting her family’s experience hiding from the Nazis, has become one of the most famous accounts of the Holocaust.
  8. The United Nations observes June 14 as International Albinism Awareness Day to raise global awareness and celebrate the human rights and achievements of people with albinism.
  9. On June 14, 1959, the Disneyland Monorail System began operation in Anaheim, California. It was the first daily operating monorail in the western hemisphere.
  10. On June 14, 1998, the Chicago Bulls secured their sixth NBA Championship, winning against the Utah Jazz with Michael Jordan's iconic last-minute shot.
  11. On June 14, 2002, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Rare, the British game company responsible for hits such as Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye 007, for $375 million.
  12. June 14, 2011, marked the release of Game of Thrones' iconic episode, "Baelor," noted for the execution of Ned Stark, which surprised viewers and shook the television world.
  13. On June 14, 1949, Albert II, a Rhesus monkey, became the first primate in space, as part of the United States' V-2 rocket program.
  14. In India, June 14th is celebrated as National Penguin Day, having a campaign of raising awareness about the conservation and environmental importance of these charismatic birds.
  15. On June 14, 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill, adding the words "Under God" to the pledge of allegiance, strengthening the sentiment of American patriotism.
  16. June 14, 1966, marked the release of The Beatles' famous album, "Yesterday and Today," which initially featured the controversial "butcher" cover that was later replaced.
  17. In Peru, June 14th is celebrated as National Ceviche Day, a traditional dish reflecting the country's coastal cuisine and culture.
  18. On this date in 1961, Joseph Heller published his novel, "Catch-22," which has since become a literary classic, exploring the absurdity of war and bureaucracy.
  19. On June 14, 1986, Maradona scored a goal in the World Cup against England that would later be known as the "Hand of God" goal.
  20. On June 14, 1895, Jack Adams, a Hall of Fame hockey player, and coach was born. He is best known for coaching the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cups in the 1950s.
  21. On June 14, 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown began the first nonstop transatlantic flight, flying from Newfoundland to Ireland in a Vickers Vimy bomber.
  22. On June 14, 1928, Argentine Marxist revolutionary and major figure in the Cuban Revolution, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was born.
  23. On June 14, 1965, NASA launched the Mariner 5 spacecraft on its mission to study and photograph the surface of Venus.
  24. Celebrated Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, completed his classic fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling" on June 14, 1843.
  25. June 14th is celebrated as National Bourbon Day in the United States, an opportunity to appreciate the uniquely American whiskey.
  26. On this date in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, opened to the public, and at the time, it was the world's tallest free-standing structure.
  27. On June 14, 2017, the Grenfell Tower in London, UK, suffered a devastating fire, which claimed 72 lives and sparked conversations about housing and fire safety.
  28. In 2013, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reported for the first time that there were no methane traces on Mars, a key indicator for the possibility of past or present life on the planet.
  29. June 14, 2018, marked the start of the FIFA World Cup held in Russia, which saw France go on to win their second World Cup.
  30. On June 14, 1968, Dr. Spock, a pediatrician and anti-Vietnam War activist, was convicted (and later acquitted) for conspiring to counsel draft evasion.
  31. On June 14, 1994, Henry Mancini, an American composer, passed away, leaving a lasting legacy in film and television music, such as his famous Pink Panther theme and Moon River.
  32. In 1940, the Walt Disney film Pinocchio premiered in Paris, enchanting audiences with its iconic characters and memorable songs.
  33. On June 14, 1971, the first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London, UK, which would go on to become a worldwide brand of restaurants, hotels, and casinos.
  34. June 14, 1985, marked the start of the Schengen Agreement, a significant development in European integration, allowing for passport-free travel between participating countries.