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Here we are in another New Year, and for Alaskans, this is when we celebrate being voted into the United States as a full fledged member.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALASKA! On Jan. 3, 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Alaska to the Union as the 49th and state. (source)
A member in the Facebook group known as "My Home is Alaska" posted this famous, (at least to us), front page of the Anchorage newspaper of the time. Soon after, the question was asked, "who the heck were the 20 who voted against Alaskan statehood?" I'm going to call them out right here... (source)
Arkansas: (maybe they didn't want AK confused with AR, which happens ALL the time.)
R Schoeppel, Andrew
Another fun fact, is that Texas didn't even vote, neither Lyndon Johnson, nor Ralph Yarborough voted Yea, or Nay. Alaska and Texas have a sort of rivalry going, probably because we are both large states that produce oil.
We like this representation of the size comparison to Texas, and well, also to the rest of the US. It beats the maps that show Alaska off the coast of Mexico. "Hmm, why is it so cold in Alaska?" The person who believes this, I would classify as not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
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I can hear you say, "OMG, another history lesson, when will she quit!"
It just dawned on me, when Alaskans are visiting the contiguous 48 states, we say, "we're going outside." Everyone here knows that phrase means you're taking a long drive, or getting on an airplane to travel. It doesn't mean that you're opening the front door, and stepping out.
Maybe we derived that phrase from this news headline, "WE'RE IN", as in, we're inside the State of Alaska versus, outside the state.
If Alaskans are going to Hawaii, we just say, "Hawaii", we go there frequently. 😁🌞🏄🐠
|Alaska Airlines, Spirit of the Islands plane.|
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