Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Dakotas!

Today is the anniversary of the day North Dakota AND South Dakota were admitted to our United States of America. Then-President Benjamin Harrison did not note which law he signed first, so there is no way of knowing which state actually joined the Union first. However, they are usually listed alphabetically, so...."North" has come before "South" ever since. I don't know if that's fair, so today I'm mixing them up! 

Date of Admittance: November 2, 1889

Parentage: The word "dakota" comes from the Sioux word for "friend" or "ally." Which is ironic, given what the US government did to the Sioux and Lakota people of this region. The Dakota Territory was part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 until white settlers petitioned and received statehood. To make state management easier, the territory was divided into North and South. 

Place in the Family 
Numbers 39 and 40 
The Dakotas were admitted between
Colorado (#38 in 1876)
and Montana (#41 on 11-8-89)

"Under God the People Rule"
 "Liberty & Union, Now and Forever,
One and Inseparable"
Meh, they're both kind of hokey if you ask me 

 The Peace Garden State
What the heck does that even mean?
 The Mount Rushmore State
(Before 1980 it was The Sunshine State.) 
Yeah, that's better. 

On the License Plate
Mount Rushmore, of course
 "The Peace Garden State"
and a buffalo and a desert

State Flags
A blue banner with the US eagle, the original 13 stars, 
sunshine, and the name of the state.! 
One of the busiest state flags I've ever seen. 
No eraser  on that design pencil?
A light blue banner with the state seal in the center,
surrounded by sunshine and the motto.
I give it props for the different color of blue, but 
really, words on flags? Whaddyathinking?! 

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "North Dakota"
Actual State Capital: Bismarck

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "South Dakota"
Sioux Falls?
Actual State Capital: Pierre
SD State Size (Area) is 17th of 50.
SD Population is closer to 46th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

ND State Size (Area) is 19th of 50.
ND Population is closer to 48th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)
Dakota Sports:

Anybody From the Dakotas
Ever Grow Up To Be President? 
However, I'm sure we would have been better off
if Senator George McGovern of SD HAD won in 1972....
Good vs Evil 
(movie edition)


Famous People from the Dakotas 
Crazy Horse
Native American activist

Sitting Bull
Native American activist

Lawrence Welk

Peggy Lee

Louis L'Amour

Lynn Anderson 

Angie Dickerson

Bob Barker
game-show host, activist

Gary Owens
announcer, comedian, voice actor

Bobby Vee

Cheryl Ladd 
actress,  "Charlie's Angels"

Warren Christopher
US Secretary of State

Tom Brokaw

Mary Hart
TV show host

Josh Duhamel
actor, "Las Vegas," "TRANSFORMERS"

Alan Ritchson
actor, Aquaman on "Smallville" 

A Song For You.... 
"He's A Tramp" 
Written by  Sonny Burke & Peggy Lee
Sung by Peggy Lee & company

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