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January 13, 1794
The Star-Spangled Banner had Fifteen Stripes
Today the American flag has thirteen horizonal stripes alternating between red and white, and fifty white stars on a field of blue, but it hasn't always been that way.
As Vermont and Kentucky prepared to be admitted to the Union, a second Flag Act was passed on January 13, 1794. It allowed for fifteen stripes and fifteen stars after May 1795. It was this flag that was in use during the War of 1812 and inspired Key's Star-Spangled Banner.
When it seemed likely that five more states would be admitted in 1818, another Flag Act was passed on April 4, 1818, which returned the number of stripes to thirteen--one for each of the original thirteen states--and would add one star for each new state.

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