Alaska

1 On this day in 1958, following Congressional approval of the bill recognizing Alaska’s statehood, it was signed by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1959, the state officially joined the union as the 49th state, according to Britannica’s website, www.britannica.com.

2 This day in 1927 marked the birth of Trumpeter Carl H. “Doc” Severinsen who served as the music director for NBC’s The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In addition, Severinsen was the designer and manufacturer of musical instruments. He was born in Arlington, Oregon, on the Columbia River, according to the website for Oregon Encyclopedia.

3 After 250 years of isolation, the nation of Japan opened up its port for trade with the West on this day in 1853, according to information on www.historynet.com. That’s when Commodore Matthew Perry sought to re-establish regular trade, leading his four ships into harbor at Tokyo Bay.

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