52 Years Of 50 Stars

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 5, 2012

PG was minding his own business, reading Milliard Fillmore’s Bathtub, when he came across a discussion about the 49 star flag. It happened 53 years ago, according to the New York Times. It was mentioned that it had been 47 years since the previous admission of a state. PG wondered if our current stability streak is the longest in the history of the republic.

The admission of states to the union was consistent between December 7, 1787 (Delaware) and February 14, 1912 (Arizona). At first, it was a matter of the colonies approving the US Constitution. Georgia was admitted January 2, 1788, the fourth state to join, and the first of eight for 1788. The first gap in admitting states was 15 years between Missouri (August 10, 1821) and Arkansas (June 15, 1836). Before 1912, this was the longest period without admitting a new state. (In the early 1800s, there was an effort made to keep a balance between the “slave states” and the “free states”. It was sometimes a contentious issue.)

The next spell of not admitting states was 13 years, starting with the admission of Colorado (August 1, 1876). Congress went on a binge in November of 1889, admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington. Finally, forty eight states became the fashion with the admission of Arizona in 1912. For 47 years, the flag had 48 stars. This changed on January 3, 1959, with the admission of Alaska. On August 21, 1959, Hawaii made it 50. It has not changed for 52 years.

There is not much talk about a 51st state. From time to time, Puerto Rico is mentioned, as is the District of Columbia, and Israel. The flag is likely to have 50 stars for a while.

When researching this piece, PG went to Mr. Google. When he typed in “when were”, the auto generated answers were condoms invented, the twin towers built, cars invented, cell phones invented. Wikipedia was given a day off, and wise geek used for the information. Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

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