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1777: The American Flag Is Born On this day in 1777, Philadelphia's Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that, "the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. "
The history of the flag's actual creation is muddled, however. American myth credits Betsy Ross, a seamstress in Philadelphia, with the design after Gen. George Washington requested her services.
Other historians argue that Francis Hopkinson, who signed the Declaration of Independence for New Jersey, was the first designer.
Hopkinson is said to have completed the task and then requested in return "a quarter cask of the public wine."