2007 39¢ Oklahoma Statehood stamp
November 16, 1907

Oklahoma Becomes 46th State

On November 16, 1907, Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory were merged to create the state of Oklahoma.

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 U.S. #2561 pictures the capital as it appeared in 1903.
November 3, 1964

Washington, D.C. Residents Vote in Their First Presidential Election

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.

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 U.S. #1232 pictures the current state capitol in Charleston. The original capitol was in Wheeling.
October 24, 1861

West Virgina Votes to Secede from Virginia

On October 24, 1861, the people of West Virginia voted to secede from the Confederate state of Virginia.

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 U.S. #800 pictures Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), the highest mountain peak in North America.
October 18, 1867

U.S. Takes Possession of Alaska

On October 18, 1867, Alaska became part of America in a move dubbed “Seward’s Folly.”

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 U.S. #799 pictures King Kamehameha I who led a 28-year conquest to unite the islands of Hawaii.
August 21, 1959

America Adds 50th State – Hawaii 

On August 21, 1959, America became the 50-state nation we know today with the addition of Hawaii.

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 U.S. #795
July 13th, 1787

Northwest Ordinance Revolutionizes Addition of New States to the Union 

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.

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 US #897
July 10th, 1890

Wyoming Becomes 44th U.S. State 

Wyoming became America’s 44th state on July 10, 1890.

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