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On This Day In 1958: Senate Bill Makes Alaska 49th State

June 30, 1958:

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The Senate, on a 64-20 vote, passes a bill making Alaska the 49th state of the union. President Eisenhower will sign it into law a week later.

It's the first state added since 1912, when New Mexico and Arizona became Nos. 47 and 48. Hawaii will become the 50th state a year later.

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