Statehood

2009 42¢ Oregon Statehood
February 14, 1859

Oregon Becomes 33rd State

On February 14, 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in the Union.

Read Article
1938 3¢ Iowa Territory Centennial
December 28, 1846

Iowa Becomes a State

On December 28, 1846, Iowa was admitted as America’s 29th state.

Read Article
1969 6¢ Alabama Statehood stamp
December 14, 1819

Alabama Becomes 22nd State

On December 14, 1819, Alabama was admitted to the Union as the 22nd state.

Read Article
1987 25¢ Bicentenary Statehood: North Carolina stamp
December 11, 1789

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

On December 11, 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was established.  It’s the oldest public university in the United States in terms of beginning instruction as a public school.

Read Article
2016 47¢ National Parks Centennial: Glacier Bay stamp
December 2, 1980

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

On December 2, 1980, President Jimmy Carter established Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Today the park is part of one of the world’s largest international protected areas.

Read Article
1930 2¢ Carolina-Charleston Issue
October 30, 1629

Carolina and Charleston

On October 30, 1629, the Carolina Province was named, and plans were made for early settlement.  That settlement would be delayed for many years, but the name was retained.

Read Article
1968 6¢ Cherokee Strip stamp
September 16, 1893

Largest Land Run in Oklahoma 

On September 16, 1893, some 100,000 people raced to claim 6 million acres of land in former Indian Territory in Oklahoma.  It was the largest land run into Oklahoma and resulted in the establishment of 40,000 homesteads. 

Read Article
1935 3¢ Connecticut Tercentenary stamp
August 21, 1856

Connecticut’s Charter Oak

On August 21, 1856, Connecticut’s famed Charter Oak Tree was struck down in a thunderstorm. The tree had become a legend in the state’s history, reportedly hiding the colonial charter two centuries earlier.

Read Article
1974 First Kentucky Settlement stamp
June 16, 1774

First Kentucky Settlement

On June 16, 1774, James Harrod led 31 men in the founding of the first permanent settlement in Kentucky. Over time the settlement was named Fort Harrod, Harrodstown, and finally Harrodsburg, in his honor.

Read Article

Love history?

Discover events in American history – plus the stamps that make them come alive.

Subscribe to get This Day in History stories straight to your inbox every day!