It was On This Day in 1959 that
became the 49th US state. The headline of the Daily News-Miner
screamed “Statehood Proclaimed by Ike.” Alaska
William A Egan took his oath that day as the
first governor. There were, according to the Daily News-Miner, no loud
celebrations or big ceremonies that day. The fanfare had all been done in June
1958 when the US Senate approved the admission of the Territory and President
Dwight D Eisenhower signed the proclamation. Alaska
The road to statehood was a long one.
Alaska had been
in 1867 for $7,200,000, known then as Seward’s Folly. Russia contained 586,400 square miles and
spanned four time zones. The state is more than twice as big as Alaska Texas, proclaimed the Daily
Republic out of . South Dakota
. Daily Republic .
3 January 1959. Mitchell, South Dakota
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016