February 16, 1895: Alabama formally adopts a state flag for the first time. The legislature dictated "a crimson cross of St. Andrew upon a field of white," which was the design submitted by John W. A. Sanford, Jr., who also sponsored the bill. This flag remains Alabama's flag today.
Yitayish Ayenew, the first black Miss Israel and also the first woman of Ethiopian heritage to win the crown, poses with the Israeli flag at Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County, NJ, on June 14. “Part of being Jewish is being in the state of Israel,” she told the Solomon Schechter students, with visible emotion. “To be a Jew is to keep the tradition, to continue to be who we are. I am proud to be a Jew.” Photo by Maxine Dovere.
Golden Gate Anniversary: High in the fog, structural steel workers staged the traditional ceremony of raising flags when the structural steel work on the Marin County Towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco was completed, May 4, 1934. Group of steel workers atop one of the two towers which rise 734 feet above the water.
June 14, 1777: United States adopts its flag, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Thirteen Star American Flag, wool, cotton, 1830-1880; found in the Old Porter house, Nelsonville, Putnam County, New York. NYHS Object Number 1939.559.