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History of the U.S. Flag

Thirteen Stars (1777-95)
The flag with the thirteen stars and stripes represented the thirteen original colonies.

Fifteen Stars (1795-1818)
The fifteen star American flag also has fifteen stripes. It is the "Star Spangled Banner" mentioned in the national anthem of the US. The two stars were added for Vermont and Kentucky. 

Twenty Stars (1818-19)
The five stars were added for Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana and Mississippi. The flag had from then on thirteen stripes again. 

Twenty-one Stars (1819-20)
A star added for Illinois.

Twenty-three Stars (1820-22)
Two stars were added for Alabama and Maine.

Twenty-four Stars (1822-36)
A star was added for Missouri.

Twenty-five Stars (1836-37)
A star was added for Arkansas.

Twenty-six Stars (1837-45)
A star was added for Michigan.

Twenty-seven Stars (1845-46)
A star was added for Florida.

Twenty-eight Stars (1846-1847)
A star was added for Texas.

Twenty-nine Stars (1847-48)
A star was added for Iowa.

Thirty Stars (1848-1851)
A star was added for Wisconsin.

Thirty-one Stars (1851-1858)
A star was added for California.

Thirty-two Stars (1858-59)
A star was added for Minnesota.

Thirty-three Stars (1859-61)
A star was added for Oregon.

Thirty-four Stars (1861-1863)
A star was added for Kansas.

Thirty-five Stars (1863-65)
A star was added for West Virginia.

Thirty-six Stars (1865-67)
A star was added for Nevada.

Thirty-seven Stars (1867-77)
A star was added for Nebraska.

Thirty-eight Stars (1877-90)
A star was added for Colorado.

Forty-three Stars (1890-91)
Five stars were added for North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington and Idaho.

Forty-four Stars (1891-96)
A star was added for Wyoming.

Forty-five Stars (1896-1908)
A star was added for Utah.

Forty-six Stars (1908-12)
A star was added for Oklahoma.

Forty-eight Stars (1912-59)
Two stars were added for New Mexico and Arizona.

Forty-nine Stars (1959-60)
A star was added for Alaska.

Fifty Stars (1960-present)
A star was added for Hawaii.


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