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September 3rd
Firsts for the Stars and Stripes
According to tradition, American troops carried the Stars and Stripes into battle for the first time on September 3, 1777, at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, during the Revolutionary War. A small Patriot force under General William Maxwell laid an ambush for advancing British and Hessian troops, but was soon outgunned and forced to retreat. Here are a few more firsts for the Stars and Stripes.

June 14, 1777 – Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes as the national standard.

July 4, 1777 – Captain John Paul Jones raises the Stars and Stripes for the first time on an American warship, the Ranger, in Portsmouth Harbor, New Hampshire. The flag was given to him by a group of young ladies who made it out of gowns.

February 14, 1778 – The flag receives the first salute from a foreign nation, fired by the French at Quiberon Bay, France, to the Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones. The nine-gun salute was an  acknowledgment of American independence.

August 9, 1790 – The Columbia, which had sailed from Boston in 1787 on a fur-trading voyage, returns to port, becoming the first ship to carry the flag around the world.

April 27, 1805 – The flag flies over a fortress of the old world for the first time when the Marines raise the Stars and Stripes at Derna, on the “shores of Tripoli” in North Africa during the First Barbary War.

May 1812 – The flag flies for the first time over a log schoolhouse, in Colrain, Massachusetts.

July 4, 1960 – The fifty-star flag, reflecting Hawaii’s statehood, becomes official.

August 10, 1960 – The flag first orbits the earth aboard the satellite Discoverer 8.

July 20, 1969Apollo 11 astronauts plant the flag on the moon.
American History Parade
The Stars and Stripes is reportedly flown in battle for first time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware.

The Treaty of Paris officially ends the Revolutionary War.

The last of 2,956 radio episodes of The Lone Ranger is broadcast.

The Viking 2 spacecraft lands on Mars to take photos of the planet’s surface.
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