Monday, June 25, 2012

Yes, Virginia, today IS your birthday!

Today is the anniversary of the date Virginia ratified the US Constitution and joined the United States of America.

Date of Admittance:
June 25, 1788

Parentage: The area was originally "discovered" by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1583. The word "Virginia " is either a honor to Queen Elizabeth I "the Virgin Queen" or is based on that *and* the Native phrase "Wingandacoa" or "Wingina." Originally the colony included all of the northern territory including Maine. Jamestown was the first British Colony in 1607.

Place in the Family
Number 10
Less than a week after New Hampshire (June 21)
and four weeks before New York (July 26)

"Sic Semper Tyrannis"
(Thus Always To Tyrants)
...but I like this softer version better! 

The Old Dominion
It doesn't get older than Viriginia

State Flag
A blue banner with the state seal in the center,
The woman is "Virtue" standing over
the fallen tyrant.
The state motto is attributed to Brutus,
having killed Julius Caesar.

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "Virginia"
Virginia Beach? Arlington? 

Actual State Capital: Richmond

State Size (Area) is 35th of 50.
Population is closer to 12th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)
Virginia Sports:
There are no professional sports teams in Virginia

Anybody From Virginia
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Virginia calls itself "The Mother of Presidents."
However, I have to call foul on claiming
William Henry Harrison. He's also claimed by
Indiana and Ohio~!
Quiz: Can you name them all ?
Answer at the bottom of the page!

Good vs Evil
(Sports Edition)
Arthur Ashe
World-Class Tennis Pro

Michael Vick
World-Class Jerk

Musical Virginians
Ella Fitzgeral
First Lady of  Jazz

Patsy Cline
"She's Got You" and dozens of other hits

Pearl Bailey
"Hello, Dolly," "Bill Bailey," etc

Jason Mraz
"The Remedy," "I'm Yours," etc

Chris Brown
infamous R&B/Hip-Hop singer

TV Celebrities From Virginia
Tim Reid
actor, "WKRP"

Katie Couric

Patton Oswalt
actor, comedian

Religious (?) Virginians
Jerry Falwell
founder of "The Moral Majority"

Pat Robertson
pastor, entertainer, Presidential candidate

Film Stars From Virginia
George C. Scott
Academy Award Winning Actor

Shirley Maclaine & Warren Beatty
Academy Award Winning Siblings

Sandra Bullock
Academy Award Winning Actress

Virginia Literary Figures

Historical Virginians
didn't actually marry John Smith
or talk to raccoons 

Patrick Henry
"Give Me Liberty,
Or Give me Death!"

Meriwether Lewis & William Clark
The Classical US Road Trip

Gen. Robert E. Lee 
Confederate Army Commander

Booker T. Washington
Speaker, Educator,
founder Tuskegee Institute
Most Famous Virginian
Thomas Jefferson
there are a lot of people to choose from,
but really, who doesn't know who Thomas Jefferson is?

A Song For You....
by Virginian Patsy Cline
Written by Willie Nelson

Answers to Presidential Quiz
top: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe
bottom: Wm H Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, Wilson

1 comment:

  1. The southern part of Ohio was once part of Virginia too.