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#TodayInCAHistory: On June 10, 1846, a herd of 170 horses en route to Alta California's acting Governor Jose Castro were taken by a group of U.S. settlers. Due to settlers' fears that the horses would be used by Castro to drive foreigners out of the Mexican territory, the herd was taken to the camp where U.S. Captain John Fremont and his troops were resting at the junction of the Bear and Feather rivers. The event was the first strike in the insurgency that became the Bear Flag Revolt.


Original Photo Caption: Stars and Stripes Retaken - Platoon Sergeant Donald C. Bushnell (left) of Nampa Idaho and Captain Louis Wilson Brandon Miss. both Marines hold the first American flag to be retaken from enemy hands on Guam. Below the Stars and Stripes is the first Japanese battle banner to fall to Marines when they landed on the former United States base in the Marianas." July 30 1944. Defense Dept. Photo.

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'Full Victory — Nothing Else': Iconic D-Day Images for Its 70th Anniversary

101st ABN DIV paratroopers at Marmion Farm, Ravenoville, Normandy – A/506th troopers – Eugene Cook second from right and Justo Correa third from the left wearing the holed helmet! Jim Flanagan of C/502 PIR is parading the captured enemy flag.

The first flagraising atop Mount Suribachi, February 23, 1945. Hank Hansen (without helmet), Boots Thomas (seated), John Bradley (behind Thomas) Phil Ward (hand visible grasping pole), Jim Michaels (with carbine) and Chuck Lindberg (behind Michaels). Photo by Lou Lowery. 10AM, Feb. 23, 1945

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Revolutionary War Pictures

Betsy Ross became famous for sewing together the first American flag in Philadelphia