US Congress established modern flag design

On April 4, 1818, the US Congress passed legislation to redesign the US flag to consist of thirteen stripes representing the original thirteen colonies and one star per state. This new design was in response to the addition of more states since the development of the previous flag in 1795. The act automatically commissioned the addition of new stars on the flag upon the admission of a new state. The new flag first flew over the US Capitol with twenty stars on April 12, 1818.

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