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June 14: Flag Day June 16: Father's Day June 21: First Day of Summer June 28: Henry VIII's Birthday

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." -- The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Did you know Flag Day is Friday, June 14, 2002? Flag Day was first celebrated on June 14, 1877. This was the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. Flag. In 1949, President Harry Truman signed legislation making Flag Day a day of national observance.

The Original Flag of the United States of America

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How many stars and stripes does the U.S. flag have today?

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Did you know Ben Franklin invented the Franklin Stove?

Ben Franklin

Yes, Ben invented the Franklin Stove between 1742 and 1744. The Franklin Stove is a heater, not a cooking stove. Before the Franklin Stove, people used fireplaces for heat. Fireplaces gave off some heat, but most of the heat went up and out the chimney. The Franklin Stove, however, gave off more heat than the fireplace and used less fuel. Ben called his invention the Pennsylvania Fire Place. Today, it is known as the Franklin Stove.

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Who invented the space shuttle? (Denise M., Librarian)

NASA is credited with the development of the Space Shuttle. The development of the Space Shuttle occurred over time and in increments. It involved several NASA facilities (including Marshall Space Flight Center), many private companies contracting with NASA (including Rocketdyne and McDonnell Douglas), and different task forces appointed by the government (including the Space Task Group).

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How many stars and stripes does the U.S. flag have today?

50 stars and 13 stripes.
Since 1960, the U.S. flag contains 50 white stars on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes (7 red stripes and 6 white stripes). The 50 stars represent the 50 states of the U.S., and the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies. The fifty-star flag is the twenty-seventh official flag of the United States since the first Flag Law of 1777.

Did you know Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959, making them the last two states to join the Union?

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