On November 16, 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were merged to create the state of Oklahoma.
Though the District of Columbia has served as our nation’s capital since 1791, its residents didn’t get to vote in their first presidential election until November 3, 1964.
On October 24, 1861, the people of West Virginia voted to secede from the Confederate state of Virginia.
On October 18, 1867, Alaska became part of America in a move dubbed “Seward’s Folly.”
On August 21, 1959, America became the 50-state nation we know today with the addition of Hawaii.
The United States passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787, to establish a set of steps territories would have to follow before becoming a state.