Posted on March 1, 2016
On February 19, 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson signed a law that had earlier passed both houses of Congress. The bill approved the boundaries and constitution of the 17th state, Ohio.
But almost a decade later, when Louisiana was formally admitted as the 18th state, the congressional bill included an official date of statehood.
Which is something that Ohio didn't get.
After Louisiana, all other states admitted to the nation got an official date of statehood from Congress. Waaaayyyy later, in 1953, a congressman realized that Ohio was never officially admitted to the union and, therefore, didn't have an official statehood date. He proposed a bill to fix this—a bill that would formally admit Ohio as of March 1, 1803.
(I'm not sure why the congressman didn't ask that statehood be retroactive to February 19, 1803. That would be the logical date to choose!)
Half a century later, on this date in 1867, Nebraska became the 37th state.
Cool things in Ohio:
- Hocking Hills State Park
|Above, Ash Cave|
Below, Corkscrew Falls
|Above, Old Man's Cave|
|Above and below, Rock House|
- Cleveland –
Above, Fountain Square
Below, Museum Center
|Above and below, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame|
- Hopewell Culture National Historic Park – the largest area of Indian burial mounds in the world
- Brandywine Falls
- Lake Erie
|Marblehead State Park|
Cool things in Nebraska:
- Chimney Rock National Historic Site
- Indian Cave State Park
- Toadstool Geologic Park
- Fort Falls
- Omaha – with free, larger-than-life public art spread out over five city blocks
Above, Sunken Gardens
Below, International Quilt Study Center and Museum
Also on this date:
Carnival de Oruro in Bolivia (March 1-2)
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