Sunday, March 3, 2013

Happy Birthday, Florida!

Today is the anniversary of Florida being admitted to our United States of America.
Date of Admittance: March 3, 1845
Parentage: The name was coined by explorer Ponce de Leon 
from the Spanish word for "flowery."    
Place in the Family 
Number 27
Florida was admitted a few years after Michigan (jan 1837) 
and nine months before Texas (Dec 1845). 
"In God We Trust"
This was on the State Seal since the 1800s but was not made the official State Motto until 2006.
The Sunshine State
I would think places like Arizona or Nevada would have something to say about this. 
On the License Plate 
Orange Blossoms are the State Flower and OJ is the State Beverage


State Flag
A white field with a red X (called a saltire) with the State Seal in the center. 
This design is usually called a St. Andrews' Cross, but
I don't know why Florida would have chosen it as its flag. 

 First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Florida" 
Actual State Capital:Tallahassee

State Size (Area) is 22nd of 50
Population is closer to 4th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Florida Sports: 
NFL (Miami Dolphins)

NFL (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

NFL (Jacksonville Jaguars)

MLB (Miami Marlins)
MLB (Tampa Bay Rays)

NBA (Miami Heat)

NBA (Orlando Magic)

NHL (Florida Panthers)

Anybody From Florida
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Not yet, no. 

Florida Celebrities
Sidney Poitier
Academy Award-winning actor
Faye Dunaway
Academy Award-winning actress
Ben Vereen
actor, "Roots"
Johnny Depp
actor, "The Tourist"

Angela Bassett 
actress, "What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Wesley Snipes
actor, "Blade"

Wayne Brady
Mandy Moore
singer, actress, "Tangled"
Wilmer Valderrama
actor, "That 70's Show"

Daniel Tosh

Musical Floridians
 Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Free Bird" etc etc

38 Special
"Caught Up In You"

Tom Petty
"Free Fallin'" 

Flor Rida

A Song For You....
"Coming Out of the Dark"
by Jon Seceda, Emilio Estefan, & Gloria Estefan
performed by Gloria Estefan
Miami Sound Machine is based in Miami, although
lead singer Gloria actually emigrated from Cuba

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