1645 – Cromwell’s forces triumph at Naseby

Cromwell and Fairfax had recruited their New Model Army in the early months of 1645, taking advantage of King Charles I’s hesitation in attacking them to consolidate and train.

At Naseby, on June 14, 1645, the decisive battle of the English Civil War was fought. The Parliamentarian forces, under Cromwell, outnumbered the Royalists by almost two to one, and also commanded a stronger position. As the battle drew on, many of the Royalist soldiers surrendered, while other withdrew in disarray. The King, soundly defeated, fled to Scotland.

Referenced in:
Oliver Cromwell – Monty Python

1777 – The Second Continental Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as its flag

Variously known as the “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory”, or “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the flag of the United States of America originally had 13 alternating stripes of red and white and 13 stars. The 13’s represented the 13 original states of the union, and that numbering is preserved today in the stripes, while each of the 50 states has its own star. The current flag is in fact the 27th incarnation, as it has been updated on numerous occasions as additional states joined the nation – it is also the design that has been in use for the longest period.

The first flag had no set design for the arrangement of stars, and multiple versions of it existed, each one with a different designer and different partisans. The original resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 failed to specify an arrangement of stars, and indeed, it was not until

Referenced in:
The Star-Spangled Banner — Francis Scott Key

1938 – Action Comics #1 introduces Superman

In 1938, two young men named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created not just a character, but an entire genre.

Their creation was Superman, a strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Although actually, he wasn’t that powerful to begin with – sure, he could leap tall buildings in a single bound, but a) buildings were generally less tall in the Thirties; and b) today he can fly between planets. He didn’t yet have his heat vision, his x-ray vision or his super-breath. He lacked many aspects of his background that we now all know: he worked for the Daily Star, not the Daily Planet; his arch-enemy was the Ultra-Humanite, not Lex Luthor; and the planet Krypton had yet to be invented (so he had no Supergirl, no Krypto, no General Zod and no kryptonite, among others).

He would become one of the top-selling characters of all time, and one of the most iconic characters in popular fiction, spawning comics, radio serials, tv shows, movies and even a Broadway musical.

Referenced in:
Superman Lover – Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson

I for one can’t believe either of the following facts:
1) that DC Comics isn’t attempting to revive the musical
2) that Freidrich Neitzsche has not been spinning in his graves for seven decades and counting now…

1968 – Yasmine Bleeth born

One of THE pin-up girls of the Nineties, Yasmine Amanda Bleeth is a native New Yorker, born on June 14, 1968 (the day before fellow pin up girl Courteney Cox). Bleeth is best known for the roles of Caroline Holden in “Baywatch” and Caitlin Cross in “Nash Bridges”. It was the former that made her a star – although that probably had more to do with how good she looked in a swimsuit than her acting talent (although she is a skilled actress, that’s not the element of her person “Baywatch” really spotlighted).

Unfortunately for Bleeth, she has suffered repeated bouts of addiction, concluding in a cocaine addiction in 2003 that effectively ended her career in showbiz.

Referenced in:
The Chanukah Song (Part II) — Adam Sandler