A country is born -- and later expands, an "Iron Horse" retires, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.
1959: The short-lived 49-star U.S. flag debuts, six months and one day after the admission of Alaska in January 1959. The U.S. Flag Act calls for new flag designs to become official on the July 4 following admission of one or more new states. The flag lasted one year before it was replaced by the current 50-star flag due to the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state.
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