Today is Inauguration Day, the day that Donald Trump- the 45th American President- will be sworn into office.

Regardless of ones political views and preferences, no matter which side of the line you stand on, what colors you boast, this country still reigns red, white and blue.

For all it's faults, the United States is made up of a great many things: it's history, it's accomplishments across the board, its vast and varied landscapes and most of all, it's people.

Here are 5 interesting facts about this country that you might not know:

The American Flag

The US flag has seen many versions. It was first raised in 1775 as the Grand Union Flag. The stars were added the following year at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Originally it showcased 13 stars to represent the then number of official states. The current flag design however is credited to Robert G. Helt, a then 17 year old high school student who was working on a class project.

 Grand Union Flag Flag of 1776 American Flag

America is a fairly new country compared to many in the civilized world so it's crazy to know that three of the worlds five oldest rivers can be found here. Each over hundreds of millions years old, The New, the Susquehanna and the French Broad Rivers can be found flowing through North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Tennessee.
 New River French Broad River
Deadliest Job

It's almost unimaginable to think that this could happen to anyone in a position as coveted, well regarded and heavily guarded as is the POTUS but it ranks as one of the deadliest jobs in America. Of the 44 American presidents to date, 4 have come under the gun- literally. Four historic assassinations took the lives of Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy.

Lincoln McKinley Garfield Kennedy
The Mayflower
Whether you believe in this theory or. It, celebrate Thanksgiving or honor the traditions of America's beginnings, roughly 35 million Americans share the DNA of the country's first settlers who came over on The Mayflower.
 Mayflower Pilgrims Jamestown
Virginia is state with some serious history. Jamestown was founded in 1607 and was the first English settlement in North America. It is also the birthplace of 8 American presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison, Tyler and Wilson.
Virginian Presidents
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