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This Day in Pop Culture for June 14

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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.

Birthdays

  • 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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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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