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5 Fun Facts About June 14 In Pennsylvania History

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1. In 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the U.S. flag, which is widely known as "Old Glory". The flag was designed by Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, and is believed to have been first flown on June 14th of that same year.

2. On June 14, 1946, the Hershey Chocolate Corporation in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. This led to a seven-year-long legal battle that ultimately ended with a settlement agreement.

3. On June 14, 1893, the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg was dedicated. The building, which was designed by architect Joseph Huston, features a domed roof inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

4. The Battle of Brandywine, which took place on September 11, 1777, is often referred to as the "largest and longest single-day battle" of the American Revolution. However, the battle actually began on June 14, when General Sir William Howe dispatched his troops from Philadelphia towards the Continental Army led by General George Washington.

5. On June 14, 1985, the first Pride Parade was held in Pittsburgh. The parade drew approximately 2,000 participants and was organized by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. Since then, the annual Pride Parade has become a major event in the city, drawing tens of thousands of participants each year.
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