1777: The First Flag Day
On this day in 1777 and during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopting a resolution that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” Believe it or not, the idea that seamstress Betsy Ross designed the new canton for the flag with a circle of 13 stars for George Washington is a legend that no one has been able to prove. In 1916, the president of the United States issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.
- 1909: Burl Ives (singer)
- 1931: Marla Gibbs (actress)
- 1946: Donald Trump (45th president of the U.S.)
- 1961: Boy George (singer)
- 1969: Steffi Graf (tennis player)
- 1978: Diablo Cody (film director)
- 1989: Lucy Hale (actress)
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