Alaska Statehood Act Anniversary on Monday 30th

June 30, 1958 – Date of Senate passage of Alaska Statehood Act
July 7, 1958 – FDR signs Statehood Act
Jan. 3, 1959 – Alaska becomes 49th state


We're In Alaska Statehood passed by U.S. Senate

This  “We’re In” photo was taken on June 30, 1958 the day the U.S. Senate passed The Alaska Statehood Act.

The famous photo, above, was taken the next day after the paper was flown to Washington, D.C.

The Statehood Act didn’t go into effect immediately–Alaska actually became a state in January 1959.

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Today (June 30) is the anniversary of the day in 1958 when the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska Statehood Act which brought Alaska into the Union. The measure was signed by President Eisenhower on July 7, 1958 and Alaska became the 49th state on Jan. 3, 1959.

You’ve probably seen the famous statehood photo. The one of the big two-word headline: “We’re In.” That headline was printed on the cover of the Anchorage paper of that day.

Well, here’s an interesting tidbit you may not know about that photo—the one with the officials holding the newspaper.

While the headline was printed on June 30th, the photo itself was taken on July 1st—in Washington, D.C.

That could be arranged in this day of high speed jets and special courier services. But back in 1958, that was some feat.

Special editions of the historic paper were flown to Washington, D.C. by jet bomber for distribution to Washington officials.

There’s a photo in the Alaska Digital Archives of President Eisenhower and Alaska Territorial Governor Mike Stepovich holding a copy of that paper in Washington, D.C. on July 1st. The day after it was printed in Anchorage.

This week on The LegHead Report we’ll be remembering the signing of the Alaska Statehood Act with stories from our archives about statehood.

And speaking of Archives, the Alaska Digital Archives has a copy of the “We’re In” photo as well as thousands of others. The digital archives also has audio and video covering all periods of Alaska history.

Plan to spend a lot of time there if you go. There is so much to look at and enjoy.


Alaska Digital Archives


What bills have been passed by the Alaska Legislature

Here are some links to find out what is happening in Juneau on this final day of the session.

Good luck getting on it this final day of the session, but  here is the page on the Alaska Legislature’s official site that shows what bills have passed as of when you search the site.

There are instructions from me on how to use the Bills Passed Page below, or click on this link to the original post.


Here’s where you’ll find a listing and links to all the House Majority’s Press Releases.  You might want to bookmark it and refer back to it after the session when they have time to write lots of press releases about all the different bills that they passed……………..

Summary of new items posted on the Alaska Senate Majority website.  Click on the bar labeled “Breaking News” which is gold in color and under the main photo. Same as above, you may want to bookmark this page so you can what they say about bills after the session.


The House Democratic (Minority) Caucus is also posting news and commentaries on bills. Look to bottom of page to see Twitter and Facebook posts.


The Senate Democratic (Minority) Caucus has a lot of posts, Twitter, and Facebook comments going up in these final hours.  Look near the bottom of the page for the current info.



Look up into the skies tonight. Major aurora activity expected


Active auroras forecast for Sunday

NASA website (where photo below came from).

Aurora,  Prudhoe Bay Alaska. March 17, 2013

Aurora over Prudhoe Bay. From NASA website.



Alaska’s got a lot of green

Alaska’s got a lot of green


And we’re not talking about

1) grasses, trees and rough water

2) money

We’re talking IRISH….

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.


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