On May 24, National Wyoming Day recognizes the 44th state to join the union.
Also known as The Equality State, Wyoming territory led the nation and the world in granting women the right to vote. In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature passed a bill allowing women the right and the governor signed the bill on December 10, 1869. Twenty years later, Wyoming would approve the first state constitution including women’s suffrage. They would be granted statehood in 1870.
In a vast open country where homesteaders had to rely on one another, man or woman, equality had real meaning, true grit.
It’s also a country where massive towers seem to rise out of nowhere mysteriously. Devil’s Tower stands starkly against brilliant blue skies or disappears into the fog. Depending on the day or its mood it can do either, or both. Explore the Native American legends surrounding the creation of the monolith, hike its trails and wonder at its existence.
From Fossil Butte National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming retells history. The state thrills and challenges visitors with its spectacular views in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join in exploring The Equality State. Visit the towering Grand Tetons and learn about the resilient people who live in Wyoming. Follow the trails of dinosaurs and cowboys! Use #NationalWyomingDay to share on social media.
June Etta Downey – Psychologist – (July 13, 1875 – October 11, 1932)
Jackson Pollock – Artist – (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956)
Robert R Wilson – Physicist – (March 4, 1914 – January 16, 2000)
Curt Gowdy – Sportscaster – (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006)
Patricia MacLachlan – Author – (March 3, 1938 -)
Solomon Trujillo – Businessman – (November 17, 1951)
Jim Bullock – Actor – (February 9, 1955 – )
Michael Punke – Author – (December 7, 1964 -)
On May 17, National Idaho Day recognizes the 43rd state to join the union.
A wave of settlement made its way into The Gem State following in the footsteps of the Corps of Discovery. Miners, traders, and missionaries made their way West into the territory of the Nez Perce, Shoshone and Bannock peoples.
The state is dominated by the Rocky Mountains range. Snake River winds its way through the rugged western border of the state carving the deepest river gorge in North America. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area provides spectacular views of the dramatic landscapes the Snake River took thousands of years to sculpt.
Idaho doesn’t lack scenery. Take any byway, and the next turn will reveal a whole new vista to observe. For example, Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve will seem to erupt before your eyes. This vast lava field formed from ancient volcanic activity.
While exploring Idaho, don’t forget to investigate Hagerman’s Fossil Beds. Excavations of these well-preserved fossils have fascinated paleontologists for generations. If there is an equine interest, be sure to study the Hagerman Horse, too!
Beyond the fossils, entire cityscapes of stone appear. The City of Rocks encountered by native peoples, pioneers and modern-day adventurers became a kind of waystation or landmark for those who were westward bound.
Inventors seem to like Idaho. Beyond the list of patents for improvements to printing presses and railroad technology, Idaho is the home of the television. Philo Farnsworth invented the necessary technology that brought the small screen to the mass market.
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Explore the byways of The Gem State. Discover the history and people of Idaho. Get inventive and find all the hidden treasures!
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Sacajawea – Explorer and Guide – (May 1788 – December 20, 1812)
Gutzon Borglum – Artist – (March 25, 1867 – March 6, 1941)
Ezra Pound – Poet – (October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972)
Carol R. Brink – Author – (December 28, 1895 – August 15, 1981)
Joe Albertson – Businessman – (October 17, 1906 – January 20, 1993)
J. R. Simplot – Businessman – (January 4, 1909 – May 25, 2008)
Mark Felt – Investigator – (August 17, 1913 – December 18, 2008)
Lana Turner – Actress – (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1955)
Harmon Killebrew – Baseball player – (June 29, 1936 – May 17, 2011)
Nikki Sixx – Musician – (December 11, 1958 – )
Picabo Street – Skiier – (April 3, 1971 – )
On May 10, National Washington Day recognizes The Evergreen State.
In a ten-day period, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation growing the nation by four new states. Washington would become the fourth of those and the 42nd state. During his tenure, two more would join the union.
The state’s history is filled with battles for possession over land. Some between countries and others for between individuals. The history of San Juan Island and the battle for its possession started over the death of a pig. While still a territory, Washington came to near blows over an eager settler, a boundary and a potato-rooting English boar. Today it is known as the Pig War of 1859.
Obscure wars aside, Washington’s northwest beauty is dominated by other more earthshattering events and views. Volcanic mountains and rainforests fill the landscape. The Evergreen State’s views of the Pacific Ocean do not disappoint. From whale watching and city life, there is plenty to see and do in every corner of the state.
Some of the most peaceful and quiet places in the United States are found in Olympic National Park. One Square Inch of Silence helps to preserve and hopefully expand these naturally silent spaces on Earth. One location is marked by a single red stone along the Hoh River Trail.
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Troll’s Knoll – Seattle
Treehouse Point – Issaquah
Red Wagon – Spokane
Many parks around the country have playgrounds, but how many have a giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon sculpture? Riverfront Park in Spokane has one that is also the playground. The handle is a slide! The park offers many more attractions, too. Check it out!
Alice Ball – Chemist -(July 24, 1892 – December 31, 1916)
Mardy Murie – Naturalist – (August 18, 1902 – October 19, 2003)
Bing Crosby – Singer – (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977)
Audrey Wurdemann – Poet – (January 1, 1911 – May 20, 1960)
Chuck Jones – Animator – (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002)
Minoru Yamasaki – Architect – (December 1, 1912 – February 6, 1986)
Carol Channing – Actress – (January 31, 1921 – )
Bob Barker – Game show host – (December 12, 1923-)
Adam West – Actor -(September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017)
Robert Joffrey – Dancer – (December 24, 1930 – March 25, 1988)
Judy Collins – Singer – (May 1, 1939-)
Jimi Hendrix – Guitarist – (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970)
Linda Buck – Biologist – ( January 29, 1947 -)
Kenny Loggins – Singer – (January 7, 1948-)
Paul Allen – Businessman – (January 21, 1953 -)
Bill Gates – Businessman – (October 28, 1955 – )
Fred Couples – Golfer – (October 3, 1959 -)
John Elway – Football Player – (June 28, 1960 -)
Chuck Palahniuk – Author – (February 21, 1962)
On May 3, National Montana Day recognizes The Treasure State and the big sky country.
It’s difficult to know where to begin when it comes to the 41st state in the U.S.A.
If we look up, big sky country is there day or night. The northern lights dazzle and dance at night and during the day, an azure blue paints the dome above us. But, it’s also the Yellowstone region of the states known for the big sky, its geysers, hot springs, mountain views and the most entrances into the park.
Travel east and back in time to the June of 1876 and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Visit Custer National Cemetery; learn about the people who joined in the battle that day.
It’s easy to become distracted in Montana. The breathtaking mountain views alone can make one forget why they left the room. Glacier National Park, for example, is a treasure worth seeing. Called the Crown of the Continent, one of its greatest natural resources is a dark night sky.
One thing is for sure when it comes to Montana is its people. Whether you’re seeking dinosaurs, the history of Blackfeet or Nez Pierce, a real working ranch, the people of Montana are as genuine as the land they live on.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate the 41st state to join the union. Explore the history and people of Montana. Follow the trails of the pioneers and visit all the treasures this great has to offer.
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Ringing Rocks of Montana – Whitehall
Bleu Horses – Three Forks
Our Lady of the Rockies – Butte
Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone
Anaconda Smelter Stack – Anaconda
Blackfoot Pathways – Lincoln
Jeannette Rankin – Politician – (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973)
John Louis Clarke – Artist – (May 10, 1881 – November 20, 1970)
Elizabeth Davey Lochrie – Artist – (July 1, 1890 – May 17, 1981)
Gary Cooper – Actor – (May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961)
Myrna Loy – Actress – (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993)
Dorothy Baker – Author – (April 21, 1907 – June 17, 1968)
Chet Huntley – Newscaster – (December 10, 1911 – March 20, 1974)
Martha Raye – Comic – (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994)
Minnie Spotted Wolf – Marine Corps Private – (June 20, 1924 -July 8, 1987)
Evel Knievel – Stunt performer – (October 17, 1938- November 30, 2007)
Jack Horner – Paleontologist – (June 15, 1946 -)
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On April 26, National South Dakota Day recognizes the 40th state to join the union.
The Mount Rushmore State keeps its doors open all year round. After exploring the mountain, visitors can also enjoy Thomas Jefferson‘s vanilla ice cream while gazing at his likeness. And these sculptures are not the only ones South Dakota proudly displays, either. While there are several man-made displays, Wind Cave, the Missouri River, and the badlands remind us that mother nature still carves out her own.
As part of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark established Fort Pierre in 1804. Yankton was named the territorial capital in 1861 when the Dakota Territory was organized. However, Pierre would later be named the state capital when South Dakota is granted statehood in 1889 along with North Dakota.
The Black Hills of South Dakota hold tall tales, high trails, and deep valleys. From Deadwood to Sturgis and all points in between, the winding roads are breathtaking. Visit Spearfish Canyon for a hike or a relaxing drive.
Split Rock Creek north of Sioux Falls provides rock faces for climbers looking for a challenge. After the test, relax by the rushing waters of Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls.
The entire state is rich in history from corner to corner. The landscape changes dramatically from north to south with plenty of snow for skiers in winter and tons of sunshine in the summer.
This is also where the term black hills gold comes from. It refers to some of the original mining in this area. Most of us know it as jewelry made with yellow, rose and green golds.
There are some great movies out there that feature Mount Rushmore. Some of my favorites: North by Northwest starring Cary Grant and National Treasure 2 with Nickolas Cage. These are great picks for that upcoming movie night!
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Take in the fantastic sculptures, breathtaking vistas, and legendary personalities. Share where you explore and use #NationalSouthDakotaDay to post on social media.
World’s Largest Pheasant – Huron
Corn Palace – Mitchell
Shakespeare Garden – Wessington Springs
Crazy Horse – Oglala chief – (c.1840 -September 5, 1877)Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy Hardcover – September 6, 2016
by The Edward Clown Family (Author), William Matson (Narrator)
Sitting Bull – Hunkpappa Sioux chief – (c. 1831 – December 15, 1890)
Ward L. Lambert – Basketball coach – (May 28, 1888 – January 20, 1958)
Ernest Orlando Lawrence – Physicist – (August 8, 1901 – August 27, 1958)
Myron Floren – Accordionist – (November 5, 1919 – July 23, 2005)
Joseph Hansen – Author – (July 19, 1923 – November 24, 2004)
Jess Thomas-Opera singer – (August 4, 1927 – October 11, 1993)
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn – Author – (November 17, 1930 -)
Sparky Anderson – Baseball Manager – (February 22, 1934 – November 4, 1934)
Tom Brokaw – Newscaster – (February 6, 1940-)
Marlo Anderson – Businessman – (October 23, 1962-)
January Jones – Actress – (January 5, 1978 – )
On April 19th, National North Dakota Day recognizes the Peace Garden State.
Long before Lewis and Clark traveled up the Missouri River, the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara arrived in North Dakota. During the Corps of Discovery, the team camped at Fort Mandan along the Missouri River for the winter. Here, their translators, Sacagawea and Charbonneau, joined the expedition. Sacagawea would also give birth to her son, Jean Baptiste.
As the settlement expanded, disputes over land increased. Fort Abraham Lincoln preserves the home of Gen. George and Libby Custer, the military commissary, blockhouses, and the Mandan Indian Village along the Missouri River.
Theodore Roosevelt arrived in North Dakota in 1883 and fell in love with badlands and outdoor life. He would later be elected the 26th U.S. President and served from 1901 to 1909. His love of the badlands led to his conservation and preservation efforts. The North Dakota Badlands are named Theodore Roosevelt National Park in his name.
I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota. ~Theodore Roosevelt
In the heart of the badlands…
In the heart of the badlands, Medora came to life and today recreates the western life with entertainment in an outdoor amphitheater. Visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame and so much more in Medora.
When statehood crested the horizon, South Dakota was also in line for admission. President Benjamin Harrison signed the bills at random, and nothing was recorded indicating which bill was endorsed first.
However, due to alphabetical order, North Dakota is listed as the 39th state to be admitted to the union.
Beyond historical sites, North Dakota boasts a healthy amount of scenic byways. Kayak down the Pembina Gorge or visit the International Peace Gardens.
While you’re there, take a hike into the Turtle Mountains.
Camp at Devil’s Lake or tour any one of the many wineries and vineyards.Visit Sheyenne State Forest and seek out the only waterfall in the state.
Garrison Dam is the fifth largest earthen dam in the world and Lake Sakakawea‘s year-round fishing and recreation is an angler’s dream. At night, the skies reveal stars never seen before, and the Northern Lights dance with delight.
North Dakota is also home to National Calendar, #CelebrateEveryDay! As the home of National Day Calendar in Mandan, North Dakota, it’s our favorite place to be!
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Join National Day Calendar as we seek the legendary in North Dakota. Explore the prairies and the badlands. Discover the fantastic people, exciting places, and untold history.
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Jean Baptiste Charbonneau – Explorer – (February 11, 1805 – May 16, 1866)
Madeline Gleason – Poet – (January 26, 1903 – April 22, 1979)
Lawrence Welk – Musician – (March 11, 1903 – May 17, 1992)
Louis L’amour – Author – (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988)
Andrew Freeman – Engineer – (March 10, 1909 – January 17, 1996)
Harold Schafer – Businessman – (February 1, 1912 – December 2, 2001)
Eric Sevareid – Journalist – (November 26, 1912 – July 9, 1992)
Peggy Lee – Singer – (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002)
Metha Parisien Bercier – Author – (August 6, 1922 -)
Angie Dickinson – Actress – (September 30, 1931 – )
Phil Hansen – Football Player – (May 20, 1968 -)
Josh Duhamel – Actor – ( November 14, 1972 -)
Travis Hafner – Baseball Player – (June 3, 1977 -)
Carson Wentz – Football Player – (December 30, 1992 -)
Cara Mund – Miss America – (December 8, 1993 -)
Each year on April 15th, National Titanic Remembrance Day is dedicated to the memory of the lives lost when the Titanic sank into the icy waters of the North Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. We remember the more than 1,500 people who died that day.
Known as the “the unsinkable ship,” the Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:40 pm on April 14, 1912, on her maiden voyage from England to New York City. Later, in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, on April 15, the Titanic sank. Those who perished did so mainly due to an insufficient number of lifeboats onboard the ship.
There have been a few movies made about this subject, too, most recently Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TitanicRemembranceDay
Learn more about the Titanic’s history. Read about the building of the Titanic and follow its timeline. Discover the survivors’ stories. Watch a documentary, movie or take a virtual tour of the ship.
- A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
- Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From by Richard Davenport-Hines
- Waking the Titanic (2012) directed by Francis Delany
- Secrets of the Titanic (1986) by National Geographic
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NATIONAL TITANIC REMEMBRANCE DAY HISTORY
The day commemorates the date of the Titanic’s sinking in honor of those who lost their lives aboard the Titanic in 1912. While each year since its sinking, memorial events dedicated to remembering the tragic loss, no one person or entity has proclaimed the observance.