The 50-star flag of the United States of America was designed by Robert G. Heft in 1959. He designed the flag for a school project as a result of talks about Alaska and Hawaii becoming certified states.
Heft's design was not particularly well received by his school, but he was told he would receive a high grade if Congress accepted the design. He sent it to congressman Walter Moeller, who eventually got the design accepted, and it is now the official flag of the USA. Heft travels the world telling the story of how he designed the flag. He averages 150 speaking engagements a year.