|Key Dates in American History|
June 14, 1777:
Congress approved the first flag - with 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies.
September 14, 1814:
During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key pens "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Ft. McHenry while observing British ships withdrawing from Baltimore.
June 4, 1960:
The last star of the 50 is added to the flag as it exists today, representing the addition of Hawaii to the Union.
|Source: Smithsonian National Museum of American History.|
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