Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Alaska Statehood, 1959

On January 3, 1959, the President of the United States signed the following statement, using several pens.

"The procedural requirements imposed by the Congress on the State of Alaska to entitle that state to admission into the Union have been complied with in all respects, and that admission of the State of Alaska into the Union on an equal footing with the other States of the Union is accomplished."

Alaska thus became the 49th state of the United States and a new flag was unveiled, soon to become obsolete when Hawaii became a state a few years a later. This occured on my second birthday. I was born in the territory of Anchorage, Alaska in 1957.

7 comments:

Susan said...

Happy Birthday!

I have a "famous" birth-date too:

my birthday was the day on which it was said,

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

-Susan

Suzi said...

Congratulations on your birthday!

But, aren't curmudgeon's old? You can't be old if you were born in '57.

Douglas Groothuis said...

Suzi: I have been an curmudgeon most of my life--even before I learned the meaning of the term. Another apt word for it (and me) is contrarian. I like the ring of it.

Becky said...

I share a birthday with such prestigious individuals as Robert Goulet and "Rudy" from the Cosby Show. In fact, "Rudy" and I are the exact same age (born in 1979), so watching the Cosby Show is kind of like watching myself. It is a small metaphysical crisis each time.

BJ the Tornado said...

I have the same birth date (April 12th) as David Letterman -- something I have always enjoyed. And 1979 was a great year, Becky -- a truly great year.

Ted Gossard said...

I work at RBC ministries, home of the "Our Daily Bread". So I figure I can have a kind of "Our Daily Bread" tombstone, since I was born the same month and year, April 56, of the first ODB.

Happy Birthday.

Ted

Richard said...

Hawaii was admitted to the Union the same year as Alaska, not a few years later.