The flag of Mexico is a tricolor of green, white and red with the coat
of arms charged in the center of the white stripe. While the meaning
of the colors has changed over time, these three colors were adopted
by Mexico following independence from Spain during the country's War
of Independence. The current flag was adopted in 1968, but the overall
design has been used since 1821. The current law of national symbols
that governs the use of the national flag has been in place since
1984. Throughout history, the flag has changed eight times, as the
design of the coat of arms and the length-width ratios of the flag
have been modified. However, the coat of arms has had the same
features throughout: an eagle, holding a serpent in its talon, is
perched on top of a cactus; the cactus is situated on a rock that
rises above a lake. The current national flag, the "Fourth National
Flag", is also used as the Mexican naval ensign by ships registered in
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Roman Emperor Galerius began to persecute Christians.
Pope Gregory XIII issued the papal bull Inter gravissimas to
promulgate the Gregorian calendar, a modification of the Julian
calendar in use since 45 BC.
Marbury v. Madison established judicial review in the United States.
Louis-Philippe, the Orléanist King of the French, abdicated and
escaped to England.
Colonel Juan Perón was elected to his first term as President of
Wikiquote of the day:
"Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not
primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves." -- Chester