On this day in America in 1794, President George Washington approved adding two stars to the American flag when Vermont and Kentucky joined the union, beginning the tradition of adding a star to the flag for each new state that joined the Union. Also on this day in America in 1968, Johnny Cash became a country-music legend with his recording of a concert at Folsom Prison in California. Lastly on this day in America in 1990, L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as Governor of Virginia; becoming the first African-American Governor in the history of the United States.
On this day in Canadian history in 1947, Britian's Privy Council rules that Canada is within its rights in passing legislation, making the Supreme Court of Canada the highest and final court of appeal. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1943, the Royal Canadian Navy Corvette Ville de Quebec sinks a U-boat off the coast of Italy during World War II, the Royal Canadian Navy's first U-boat kill.
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