Lately, we’ve been acting more like the Divided States of America than the united ones. As this global pandemic sweeps across our country, it’s more important now than ever that we band together to squash this threat to our health and way of life.
It’s with that spirit in mind that, for the next 50 (plus) days, we're paying tribute, Fifty Nifty style, to each state (and territory) in our country. We’re all in this together, and together we will get through this. Stay strong, everyone, and hold the line.
Statehood: Dec. 14, 1819 (22)
Nicknames: Yellowhammer State, Heart of Dixie
State Bird: Yellowhammer
State Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine
State Flower: Camellia
State Animal: American Black Bear
State Fruit: Blackberry
State Song: “Alabama” (1931)
Trivia: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is hosted in Montgomery and is the sixth largest Shakespeare festival in the U.S. and thirteenth largest in the world.
Released from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1974 album, Second Helping, “Sweet Home Alabama” was written as a response to Neil Young’s “Alabama” and “Southern Man.” The song reached No. 8 on Billboard Hot 100 and became the band’s second hit single.
Statehood: Jan. 3, 1959 (49)
Nicknames: The Last Frontier, Land of the Midnight Sun
State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
State Tree: Sitka Spruce
State Flower: Forget-Me-Not
State Animal: Moose
State Fish: Giant King Salmon
State Song: “Alaska’s Flag” (1959)
Trivia: Alaska is the largest state, by land mass, in the union. Juneau is the second-largest city in the U.S. and is bigger (land-wise) than both Rhode Island and Delaware.
Fun Fact Rumor: We heard that Alaskans refer to anything medium-sized as “Texas-sized.” It’s their way of jabbing Texans for being so boastful about the size of their state.
"North to Alaska" was recorded by Johnny Horton and released in 1960 for the movie, North to Alaska, starring John Wayne. The song plays over the opening credits and gives the backstory of the film. It hit the top spot on Billboard Hot Country and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard Hot 100.
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