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A STAR IS BORN

At time of writing, I am reading the American Revolutionary War article in issue 61 and note the story regarding the number of points the stars should have on the US flag – I’m glad it added “possibly apocryphal”. This triggered a memory of visiting the parish church of Steeple in Dorset.

NO REST IN PEACE Washington the war hero tried to retire to his farm after the conflict – four years later, he was the first US president

In the church porch, cut in stone, is a coat of arms derived from the quartering of the arms of the Lawrence family of Steeple and the Washingtons – ancestors of George Washington. This carving clearly displays the stars as having five points. According to George Osborn’s 1986 book Dorset Curiosities, George Washington wore their arms on his signet ring, thus the number of points on the stars would seem to have been set long before the flag was designed. The stripes of said flag would seem to be derived from the same coat of arms.

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Today, Che Guevara is best known as one of the 20th century's iconic images. But the events of the Cuban Revolution, in which he was a key figure 60 years ago, would have wide-reaching consequences - including almost bringing about a third world war. What made it such a global affair, with superpowers going eyeball to eyeball? Plus: Cousins Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots have an almighty falling out (leading to one losing her head), outlandish medical cures, Roman Emperor Constantine, the great Thames Frost Fairs of the Victorian era, and more.