This is a fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner, which was in the care of the Armistead family for 90 years. They occasionally gave away dozens of small pieces of the flag. The original flag is on display at our Museum of American History and turns 200 this year.
More about its construction: Why these colors don’t run: Dyeing the Star-Spangled Banner - O Say Can You See?
Read this article! It’s amazing.
This made me laugh so hard
Midway Atoll, since 2000
There are around 3 million birds on Midway and only 60 people, so it’s fitting that they have such a bird-centric flag. I also like how they have two slightly different shades of blue for the sea and the sky.
Happy Maryland Day! The state of Maryland has the fanciest, most heraldic flag in the Union. It’s based on the coat of arms of George Calvert, the 1st Baron of Baltimore, but as a flag it has its origins in the Civil War.
In the 1850s the black and yellow Calvert family arms started being flown as the “Maryland colors” at public events. In 1861, secessionists started flying the red and white Crossland family arms, and Confederate soldiers from Maryland decorated themselves with the cross bonny symbol. In the 1880s, the two symbols started being flown together on flags that looked much like the current state flag (although the Crossland banner was often in the 1st and 4th quarters instead). In 1904 the state flag was officially adopted.
A periodic table showing which countries are associated with which elemental discoveries made by James Gallagher
“Before written history, people were aware of some of the elements in the periodic table. Elements such as gold (Au), silver (Ag), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), tin (Sn), and mercury (Hg),” were the elements of antiquity, according to Brewton-Parker College‘s history of the elements. In the mid-17th century the search for the myriad elements we know today really got going with Hennig Brands’ discovery of phosphorus.
Every element has a story, and talking to Smart News Gallagher recounted one of his favorite tales of elemental discovery:
One of my favourites has to be polonium, though, the first element to be discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. They were working in a modified shed with substances so dangerously radioactive their notes are still too active to be handled safely.
Working together they isolated this element and later named it Polonium after Marie’s home country. (A country, I may add, that turned her away from her pursuit of education as she was a politically interested female). It was her hope that by naming the element after Poland she could generate interested in the independence (from Germany) campaign for the country. Yet the victory comes in under the French flag where the work was carried out.
It remains to this day the only element to be named after a political cause, and a wonderful tribute to a phenomenal woman.
Soccer Nations Dogs -Dogs wearing their countries football jersey with the colors of the flag in the background.
Sure, why not.
Men of the 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, raise the stars and stripes on hill 927. (Dec 5, 1967)
196th Light Infantry Brigade Headquarters