Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Birthday, Louisiana!

Today is the anniversary of Louisiana's
admittance to our United States of America.

Date of Admittance:
April 30, 1812 

Parentage: Claimed by the French from the early 1500s, the entire territory was named after King Louis XIV of France. 

Place in the Family:
Number 18
right after the Buckeye State (March 1803)
and just before the Hoosier State (Dec 1813)

"Union, Justice, Confidence"
...yet they quit the Union to join the
Confederate States of America (CSA) in 1861?!?

The Pelican State
Because they aren't allowed to live anywhere else?

State Flag
A light blue banner with the proud, majestic, and authoritative
state bird The Pelican in its center.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Louisiana":
New Orleans

Actual State Capital: Baton Rouge

Fun Louisiana Fact:
Louisiana is the only state to be divided
into "Parishes" instead of "Counties"

State Size (Area) is 31st of 50.
Population is closer to 22nd of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

Louisiana Sports:
NFL Football (New Orleans Saints) and
NBA Basketball (New Orleans Hornets)

Anybody From Louisiana
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Good vs Evil
Huey Long, Jr
Governor (1928-1932) and Senator (1932-1935) 

Jimmy Swaggart
TV Pentecostal Minister 

Musical Louisianians:
Way too many to do them justice...!
After all, New Orleans is Jazz Capital of the World!

Louis Prima
"Just A Gigolo"

Hank Williams, Jr
"All My Rowdy Friends"

Tim McGraw
"Live Like You Were Dying"

The Marsalis Brothers
All four brothers play!

Harry Connick, Jr
Singer, Pianist, Actor

TV Celebrities From Louisiana:
Bryant Gumbel
sports-anchor, newscaster

Ellen DeGeneres
comedienne, talk-show host, actress

Food From Louisiana:
Tabasco Sauce
produced exclusively in Louisiana

(Pecans, Chocolate, & Carmel)

Film Stars From Louisiana:
Reese Witherspoon
Academy Award Winning Actress

Tyler Perry
World-Renowned Actor, Writer, Producer 

Louisiana Literary Figures:
Truman Capote
"Breakfast at Tiffany's," In Cold Blood

Elmore Leonard
Get Shorty and dozens of others

Anne Rice
Interview With The Vampire etc

Sporty Louisianans:
Terry Bradshaw
Pittsburgh Steeler QB (1970-1983)

The Mannings
The First Family of Football 

Most Famous Louisians:
Louis Armstrong
Anyone who knows Jazz knows "Satchmo." 
There is a statue of him in New Orleans.

A Song For You....
"The Battle of New Orleans"
Sung by Johnny Horton
(looks like this version is from some Christmas special!?)
Music & Lyrics by Jimmy Driftwood

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