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14 June 1777

First Flag of the United States Created by an Act of Congress

7 January 1880

U.S. Rep. Barber's Anti-Flag Desecration Bill Goes Nowhere

29 September 1890
U.S. House Passes Bill Making Advertisements on U.S. Flags a Crime

U.S. House Passes Bill Making Advertisements on U.S. Flags a Crime

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8 September 1892
Early Version of 'The Pledge of Allegiance' Appears in a Children's Periodical

Early Version of 'The Pledge of Allegiance' Appears in a Children's Periodical

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12 October 1892
U.S. School Kids Recite Original Pledge of Allegiance on 400th Anniversary of Columbus' Voyage

U.S. School Kids Recite Original Pledge of Allegiance on 400th Anniversary of Columbus' Voyage

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31 October 1896
William McKinley's Campaign Manager Declares Today a Flag Day to Connect GOP with Patriotism

William McKinley's Campaign Manager Declares Today a Flag Day to Connect GOP with Patriotism

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4 August 1899
Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

Shirt Manufacturer Charged Using American Flag in Ads

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19 July 1900

NYC Police Chief Says Any Flag With Words or Ads Will be Hauled Down

8 April 1903
Nebraska Passes Law Against Desecration of U.S. Flag

Nebraska Passes Law Against Desecration of U.S. Flag

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23 January 1907
Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

Halter v. Nebraska Argued: Can U.S. Flag Be Used in Commercial Ads?

4 March 1907
Halter v. Nebraska: States Can Ban Desecration of American Flag

Halter v. Nebraska: States Can Ban Desecration of American Flag

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12 February 1918

Frederick Shumaker Convicted in Kansas for Vulgar Comments about U.S. Flag

1 August 1918
Earnest V. Starr of Montana Convicted of Sedition for Criticizing U.S. Flag

Earnest V. Starr of Montana Convicted of Sedition for Criticizing U.S. Flag

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9 November 1918
Kansas Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Use of Derisive Language About American Flag

Kansas Supreme Court Hears Appeal on Use of Derisive Language About American Flag

20 January 1920
Federal Court Upholds Conviction of Earnest V. Starr on Sedition for Uttering Contemptuous Language About the Flag

Federal Court Upholds Conviction of Earnest V. Starr on Sedition for Uttering Contemptuous Language About the Flag

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14 June 1923
Wording of Pledge of Allegiance Changed to Mitigate Confusion by New Immigrants

Wording of Pledge of Allegiance Changed to Mitigate Confusion by New Immigrants

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14 June 1924
Words 'of America' Added to Pledge of Allegiance Due to Possible Immigrant Confusion

Words 'of America' Added to Pledge of Allegiance Due to Possible Immigrant Confusion

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15 April 1931
Stromberg v. California: Supreme Court Reverses Conviction for Display of Red Flag

Stromberg v. California: Supreme Court Reverses Conviction for Display of Red Flag

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18 May 1931
Stomberg v. California: Can't Ban Using U.S. Flag to Criticize Government

Stomberg v. California: Can't Ban Using U.S. Flag to Criticize Government

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15 September 1935
Nazi Swastika Flag Made Germany's Official, National Flag

Nazi Swastika Flag Made Germany's Official, National Flag

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27 September 1935
Münster's Catholic Bishop Clemens von Galen Forbids Churches Flying Nazi Swastika Flag

Münster's Catholic Bishop Clemens von Galen Forbids Churches Flying Nazi Swastika Flag

5 October 1935
Nazi Government Orders All Churches to Fly Swastika Flag Alone on National Holidays

Nazi Government Orders All Churches to Fly Swastika Flag Alone on National Holidays

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26 October 1935
Catholic Churches Settle Dispute With Nazi Government Over Flying the Swastika Over Churches

Catholic Churches Settle Dispute With Nazi Government Over Flying the Swastika Over Churches

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25 April 1940
Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

Supreme Court Rules Students Can be Forced to Salute American Flag

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3 June 1940
Minersville v. Gobitis: Requiring Students to Salute the Flag is Constitutional

Minersville v. Gobitis: Requiring Students to Salute the Flag is Constitutional

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11 March 1943
W. Virginia Board of Ed v. Barnette: Court Rules Student Rights Violated by Flag Salute

W. Virginia Board of Ed v. Barnette: Court Rules Student Rights Violated by Flag Salute

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14 June 1943
W.V. Board of Ed. v. Barnette: Students' Rights Violated When Forced to Salute Flag

W.V. Board of Ed. v. Barnette: Students' Rights Violated When Forced to Salute Flag

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14 June 1954
President Eisenhower Signs Resolution Adding 'Under God' to Pledge of Allegiance

President Eisenhower Signs Resolution Adding 'Under God' to Pledge of Allegiance

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14 September 1964
Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit Challenging 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

Madalyn Murray-O'Hair Files Suit Challenging 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

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13 November 1964
N.J. Grand Jury Decides Complaint About Flying 'One Nation Under God' Flags has Merit

N.J. Grand Jury Decides Complaint About Flying 'One Nation Under God' Flags has Merit

6 June 1966
Sidney Street Burns American Flag After Assassination of Civil Rights Leader James Meredith

Sidney Street Burns American Flag After Assassination of Civil Rights Leader James Meredith

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4 December 1967

Daniel Schacht Arrested Outside Military Recruiting Center for a Skit Protesting Vietnam War

29 February 1968
Daniel Schacht Convicted for Wearing Military Uniform in Unflattering Skit

Daniel Schacht Convicted for Wearing Military Uniform in Unflattering Skit

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21 October 1968
Street v. N.Y.: Brooklyn Bus Driver Burns Flag After Attempted Murder of Civil Rights Activist

Street v. N.Y.: Brooklyn Bus Driver Burns Flag After Attempted Murder of Civil Rights Activist

21 April 1969
Street v. New York: Court Rules N.Y. Law Against Disrespect of U.S. Flag Unconstitutional

Street v. New York: Court Rules N.Y. Law Against Disrespect of U.S. Flag Unconstitutional

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1 October 1969
Agnostic High School Student Refuses to Salute Flag Because of 'Under God' Phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

Agnostic High School Student Refuses to Salute Flag Because of 'Under God' Phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

30 January 1970
Teenager Cited by Police for Treating Flag Contemptuously

Teenager Cited by Police for Treating Flag Contemptuously

31 March 1970

Schacht v. U.S.: Actors Can Wear Military Uniforms in Unflattering Roles

10 May 1970
College Student Uses American Flag to Protest American Policies

College Student Uses American Flag to Protest American Policies

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25 May 1970
Schacht v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Actors Can Wear Military Uniforms in Theatrical Productions

Schacht v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Actors Can Wear Military Uniforms in Theatrical Productions

12 November 1973
Smith v. Goguen: Court Hears Oral Argument on Criminalizing 'Misuse' of American Flag

Smith v. Goguen: Court Hears Oral Argument on Criminalizing 'Misuse' of American Flag

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9 January 1974
Spence v. Washington Argued: Should U.S. Flag Be Protected from Defacement?

Spence v. Washington Argued: Should U.S. Flag Be Protected from Defacement?

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25 March 1974
Smith v. Goguen: Massachusetts Law Against Flag Misuse Ruled Unconstitutional

Smith v. Goguen: Massachusetts Law Against Flag Misuse Ruled Unconstitutional

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25 June 1974
Spence v. Washington: Student has a Right to Put Peace Sign on U.S. Flag

Spence v. Washington: Student has a Right to Put Peace Sign on U.S. Flag

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1 July 1988
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre & Four Newly Consecrated Bishops are Excommunicated

Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre & Four Newly Consecrated Bishops are Excommunicated

21 March 1989
Texas v. Johnson: Burning American Flag will be Ruled Constitutionally Protected Speech

Texas v. Johnson: Burning American Flag will be Ruled Constitutionally Protected Speech

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21 June 1989
Texas v. Johnson: Government Can't Ban Physical Desecration of American Flag

Texas v. Johnson: Government Can't Ban Physical Desecration of American Flag

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13 September 1989
The Flag Protection Act Passes the House, Banning Flag Burning

The Flag Protection Act Passes the House, Banning Flag Burning

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5 October 1989
U.S. Senate Passes Law Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

U.S. Senate Passes Law Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

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30 October 1989
Amendments to the Flag Protection Act Goes into Effect, Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

Amendments to the Flag Protection Act Goes into Effect, Banning Desecration of U.S. Flag

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