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  • William Egan
    William Egan is Alaska’s only governor to be born in the state
    A native of Valdez, Alaska, William (Billy/Bill) Allen Egan was one of six children born to William and Cora Egan. Prior to moving to Alaska, Papa Egan had worked in the copper mines of Montana. Moving to Juneau to mine for gold, Papa Egan settled...
  • Jonathan Jennings
    Jonathan Jennings was always ‘on his way’ to another place when he campaigned
    The son of Jacob Jennings and Mary Kennedy, Jonathan Jennings was born in 1784, with the official date and location of his birth unknown to historians. His father was a doctor, in addition to being a Presbyterian missionary and ordained minister....
  • Seven Facts about California
    Seven facts about California's Admissions Day, September 9
    Monday, September 9, 2013, is Admissions Day, a day commemorating and celebrating California becoming the 31st state on September 9th 1850. From the time that gold was discovered in 1848 along the American River in Sacramento, the Gold Rush was on...
  • Separatists
    Who are dividing Americans and can anything be done about it?
    Separatism isn't a new phenomenon for the United States. Having lived in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, I recall initiatives in the California whereby populations in the south, middle, and northern parts wanted to split off and become...
  • Obama says Congress needs to look at Puerto Rico statehood
    Obama administration calls on Congress to look at Puerto Rico statehood
    It would appear President Obama has decided to take Puerto Rico’s statehood drive seriously. Speaking to reporters, White House spokesman John Carney stated that the administration expects Congress to take a hard look at the recent...
  • Puerto Rico wants in
    Puerto Rico's governor asks Obama for statehood as secession petitions continue
    While petitions for states to be allowed to leave the Union have flooded the White House website, there is one territory which actually wants to join the party.Puerto Rico’s governor, Luis Fortuno, submitted the results of a non-binding...
  • Children watch the heavy surf on the north shore in Puerto Rico
    Puerto Ricans vote for state status
    It appears many voters in Puerto Rico think becoming a state would help the impoverished Caribbean Island break out of a cycle of massive spreading unemployment and poverty. Jack Zahora has reported for Al Jazeera on Nov. 12, 2012:Puerto Ricans...
  • Puerto Rico voters want to officially join the United States
    Puerto Rican voters want statehood
    With all of the hoopla surrounding the presidential election, Puerto Ricans in central Florida were focus on another issue facing voters on their home island -- whether or not Puerto Rico should become a state.According to Fox News, 53 percent of...
  • President William Howard Taft
    Recalling judges, a sticking point for Arizona’s statehood
    Before President Taft would sign a bill granting the Territory of Arizona statehood, it had to eliminate the judicial recall from its ConstitutionWASHINGTON – In 1910, the Arizona Territory was authorized to hold a constitutional convention...
  • Nevada State Flag - Battle Born
    Nevada Day: Celebrate 147 years of statehood
    The Great State of Nevada will celebrate 147 years as a State on Friday. On October 31,1864, Nevada became the 36th State to join the Union, and the rest as they say, is history.Nevada Day, which was originally held on October 31, the date of our...
  • Mahmoud Abbas
    Palestinian statehood: a matter of war or peace?
    Frustrated by years of fruitless negotiations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be making an appeal for state recognition this week as the UN's annual meeting of the General Assembly. In the last few months, Palestinians have gathered...
  • Yuli Edelstein
    Israel plans to erect a tent at UN headquarters in New York
    The Israeli Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, which is headed by Yuli Edelstein, has decided to erect a 'tent' in front of the United Nations HQ building in New York starting on September 22, 2011. He has called it a 'dialogue tent',...
  • San Francisco Harbor, April 1850
    San Francisco and the filling of Yerba Buena Cove
    At the time of statehood San Francisco had about twenty-five thousand people. Growth, mostly due to the gold rush, had been phenomenal. The tents and shanties from 1848-49 were gone from the business section of town and many of the ramshackle...
  • Statehood celebration, Portsmouth Square
    San Francisco officially celebrates statehood
    Even as Governor Burnett and Jared Crandell raced south to San Jose with the news of California’s admission into the union, preparations were underway for a grand celebration in San Francisco. It took place eleven days after the news arrived...
  • Peter Burnett
    Stagecoaches race to deliver news of statehood
    As it happened, Peter H. Burnett, then Governor of California, was in San Francisco when the SS Oregon arrived with the news that California had been admitted to the union, and he was present at the mass meeting that evening at Portsmouth Square....
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