A brief look at the highlights this day June 14:
1846 – A group of settlers declare California to be a republic.
1907 – Women in Norway win the right to vote.
1945 – Burma was liberated by Britain.
1949 – The state of Vietnam was formed.
1958- Nelson Mandela weds Winnie Madikizela
Freedom Day (Malawi): A public holiday celebrating the end of the corrupt totalitarian regime that ruled the country for nearly three decades.
1834- Diving suit: the first U.S. patent for a practical underwater diving suit was issued to Leonard Norcross of Dixfield, Maine (No. X8255).* Calling it a “Diving Armor,” he designed an airtight leather outfit with a brass helmet connected via a rubber hose to an air bellows pump on a boat.