We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This day, September 3, holds some level of significance for the U.S. Not only because it happens to be the day we celebrate Labor Day, or the unofficial end of summer, with barbecues, beach time, yard work or laying in hammocks. Today, in 1777, at Cooch's Bridge, the official US flag (the one Betsy Ross presumably created) was raised in battle for the first time at Cooch's Bridge. A minor skirmish, a loss for Continental forces, but a holding action to slow the advance of British and Hessian troops through Delaware. It also is known as the Battle of Iron Hill, and was the only military action, outside of naval affairs offshore, which took place in Delaware.
The American flag took on many forms prior to, and after, its introduction. Not many are aware of the fact both stars and stripes were added in 1795 for the admission of both Kentucky and Vermont. The 15 star, 15 stripe flag was to remain the official flag for 23 years, and it was the 15 star, 15 stripe flag which flew over Fort McHenry and inspired The Star Spangled Banner. It is the only official flag which had more than 13 stripes. In 1818, an act was passed which dictated the modern conception of the flag, which added one star for each new state and left the number of stripes at 13 to represent the 13 original states. The 1818 act was passed to recognized Tennessee (1796), Ohio (1803), Louisiana (1812), Indiana (1816), and Mississippi (1817).
Another note to consider, tangentially flag-related, is that Sept. 3 is also the day on which the Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the Revolutionary War in 1783. The treaty was ratified by Congress on January 14, 1784. Benjamin Franklin had pushed to gain all of Canada in the negotiation, but failed in that regard. However, he gained enough land to double the size of the existing land controlled by the newly formed nation, leading to the addition of many new stars on the flag.
I've known for years you're just a bored fat kid eating chips in your mom's basement, but the fact you had to comment on that has completely proven my point.
Nobody needed your comment, and his comment was not absolute. He said most and questioned (all?) - meaning he wasn't sure but knew it probably wasn't all. Most people can think of several that are not. Either way, it doesn't matter. But it mattered to you. Which simply astounds me.
"Benjamin Franklin had pushed to gain all of Canada in the negotiation, but failed in that regard. However, he gained enough land to double the size of the existing land controlled by the newly formed nation..."
A subsequent attempt to snatch the Canadas in 1812 was a resounding failure. However, the war with the Mexicans three decades later resulted in gaining a big chunk of their territory.
We picked up a little territory then, too. While the Oregon territory was claimed by both Britain and the US, an agreement allowed for joint settlement. The problem for Britain was that US citizens were moving there in large numbers, and by the time Polk was president, outnumbered the Brits by 6 to 1 in the region. While Polk was happy to get elected using the above slogan, he realized the brewing tensions with Mexico (which led to the land grab you mention) were significantly worse than what could be negotiated with Britain. So the 49th parallel it was! Not a bad day's work to set up a larger land deal later.