Pancho Villa’s Raid on New Mexico

I lived in the state of New Mexico for more than a decade prior to moving to Thailand. There are many things I love about the region, including the rich history dating back to long before it became a territory of the United States. Just four years following its admission as the 47th state of the Union on January 6, 1912, the tiny border town … Continue reading Pancho Villa’s Raid on New Mexico

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day (Día de la Independencia de Texas) celebrates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 people, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas (República de Tejas). It is an annual legal holiday in Texas. March 2 also marks Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston … Continue reading Texas Independence Day

United States #69 (1861)

George Washington’s Birthday

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. Washington was widely admired for his strong leadership qualities and was unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the Electoral College in the first two national elections, serving … Continue reading George Washington’s Birthday

United States #854 (1939)

U.S. Inauguration Day

Since 1937, the inauguration ceremony for a new United States President occurs every four years on January 20, marking the commencement of a new presidential term. Inauguration Day takes place for each term of a president, even if he continues in office for a second term. The term of a president starts at noon (Eastern Time) on January 20 at which time the Chief Justice … Continue reading U.S. Inauguration Day

United States #903 (1941)

Independence of New Connecticut

On January 15, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of the Vermont Republic. For the first six months of its existence, it was called the Republic of New Connecticut. On June 2, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met and adopted the name “Vermont.” This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian, Dr. Thomas Young, friend and mentor of Ethan … Continue reading Independence of New Connecticut

United States #1261 (1965)

The Battle of New Orleans

On January 8, 1815,  Andrew Jackson led American forces in victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812, and the most one-sided battle of that war. American combatants, commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson, prevented an overwhelming British force, commanded by Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Edward Pakenham, from seizing New Orleans and the vast territory the … Continue reading The Battle of New Orleans

United States #1191 (1962)

New Mexico Statehood

New Mexico (Nuevo México in Spanish and Yootó Hahoodzo in Navajo) was admitted to the United States as the 47th state on January 6, 1912. Occupying 121,412 square miles (314,460 km²) of land in the southwest region of the U.S.A., it is usually considered one of the Mountain States. New Mexico is often incorrectly believed to have taken its name from the nation of Mexico. Spanish explorers recorded … Continue reading New Mexico Statehood

United States #763 (1935)

Utah Statehood

On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state admitted to the United States, following nearly 50 years as a territory. The entire Southwest was Mexican territory when the first pioneers arrived in 1847. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. It has a population of more than 3 million (Census estimate for July 1, 2016), approximately 80% of … Continue reading Utah Statehood