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The twelve yellow stars on a blue field were officially adopted as the symbol of the European Community on 26 May 1986. In 1953, the Council of Europe had 15 members and its flag should have had one star for each member. The number of stars was not to alter if the number of members changed. 13 was ruled out for superstitious reasons. 12 was reckoned to be a `good` number because it had no political innuendo, and there are 12 signs of the zodiac,12 hours on a clock,12 months in a year,12 apostles,12 tables of Roman Law, and 12 starry crowns of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Read more