Thursday, June 14, 2012

On June 14

On this day in ...
... 1777 (235 years ago today), in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress of a fledgling country then operating under the Articles of Confederation, agreed:
'Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.'
Thus was adopted the design of the national flag of the United States. Attributed, perhaps apocryphally, to Betsy Ross (above, 2d from left), a seamstress and friend of President George Washington (above, 2d from right), it's a design that's remained intact ever since, though the number of stars increased with the number of states. (image credit) The current 50-star version was adopted on July 4, 1960, to mark Hawai'i's becoming a U.S. state on August 21, 1959.  Since 1916, today's been celebrated as Flag Day in the United States.

(Prior June 14 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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