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Today in 1752, the birthday of the woman known today as Betsy Ross. The legend goes that after meeting with General George Washington, Mrs. Ross put together the very first version of what would become the flag of the United States. Historians are pretty sure that’s just a legend, but there are reasons why the story came to be. Plus: today in 2021, a village in Austria changed its name. When you know the name, you’ll know why.
Betsy Ross likely didn’t sew the first U.S. flag (National Geographic)
Betsy Ross (Museum of the American Revolution)
Austrian village of ‘Fucking’ decides to change its name (Deutsch Welle)