On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopts the ‘Stars and Stripes’ as the American flag. The banner, based on one carried by the Continental Army, consists of alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars on a blue background. Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross is said to have designed the flag at the request of Gen. George Washington, but historians have not been able to prove this legend.
EXCLUSIVE VOA INTERVIEW: Driving west from the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, the roads get narrower as the towns get smaller. Along the road, VOA passes bullet-ridden buildings and security check points manned by vigilantes. After three hours we end up in a village called Shekau. Here, elders and community leaders take VOA to meet Falmata Abubakar, who they say is the mother of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.