History Lessons

History lessons is a grouping of historical stories and tidbits. The topics range from the American Civil War through interesting items from around the world. Please use the comments area to ask questions and make suggestions for future topics.

History Lessons

Teen spotted flaw in state flag

Louisiana's state flag (louisiana.gov)

One of the more unusual – and somewhat gruesome – state flags features four birds and three drops of blood. The flag belongs to Louisiana, which is marking the 205th anniversary of its admission to the Union. Louisiana’s state flag was incorrect for many years, but a high school student with sharp eyes, D. Joseph… continue

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American flag becomes superhero

Debut of 'Our Flag' comic

If you think Superman, Batman and Spider-Man are the only super-heroes in comic book history, you missed one named “The Flag.” You’ve also missed his genesis story. And his brief life. First published in 1941 and not long for the comic book world, “Our Flag” was published just as America leaned toward entering World War… continue

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Capitol idea: A flag flown in D.C.

The Capitol displays a flag on a bright day. (wikipedia.org)

Eighty years ago, a tradition began in Washington, D.C., that continues to this day. Called the Capitol Flag Program, it’s a unique celebration of the star-spangled banner that anyone can take part in. An American flag, at your request, will be lifted above the Capitol, flown briefly and then sent to your home as a… continue

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Nebraska state flag might change

Two women admire the Nebraska flag in 1925. (nebraskahistory.org)

A century and a half ago, Nebraska became the 37th member of the Union. And then it took a long time for the state to get its own flag to wave. The Cornhusker State almost didn’t join the U.S. at all. The roadblock was Andrew Johnson, who became president after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. In 1867,… continue

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Unusual flags of the world

Paraguay's flag (wikipedia.org)

Most people can identify the national flags of the U.S., Great Britain and the Soviet Union. But hardly anyone can describe the unusual banners of the following countries: NAURU What does Nauru’s flag look like? The first response should be, “Where’s Nauru?” The answer to that gives a tiny clue to the flag’s design. An… continue