Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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June 14th
Flag Day
Be sure you fly your flag today. June 14 is Flag Day, the day we celebrate the birthday of the Stars and Stripes.

On June 14, 1777, during the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official national flag.

Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.
Congress gave no further instructions as to exactly what the flag should look like, such as its dimensions or how the stars should be arranged. Consequently, early U.S. flags did not all look alike. Some flags had stars with six points, others with eight. Some flag makers sewed the stars in rows on the blue field, others in a circle or scattered without an organized pattern.

The first official, widespread observance of the flag’s birthday came on June 14, 1877, when the flag was one hundred years old. Over the next several years, many schools, veterans groups, and patriotic societies turned the day into a yearly celebration. Mayors and governors began to issue proclamations calling for parades and patriotic events on June 14.

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration. In 1949 Congress and President Truman officially made June 14 a permanent yearly observance.

American History Parade
1775
Congress authorizes the formation of the Continental Army.

1777
Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national flag.

1846
A group of settlers in Sonoma proclaim the California Republic.

1900
Hawaii becomes a U.S. territory.

1922
Warren G. Harding, dedicating the Francis Scott Key Memorial at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, becomes the first president to be heard on radio.

1951
UNIVAC I, the first electronic computer for commercial use, is dedicated at the Census Bureau in Philadelphia.
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