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HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Washington celebrates 125 years!

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On November 11, 1889, Washington officially became the 42nd state. On November 11, 1889, Washington officially became the 42nd state.
SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a big day for the state of Washington! Not only is it Veterans Day, but November 11 also marks the day Washington graduated from a territory to a state!


Back on November 11, 1889, Washington officially became the 42nd state. 


The vote was actually ratified on October 1, 1889, but due to some... ahem... oversight by our thenGovernorr Miles Moore (he forgot to sign the copy sent to President Harrison), a second copy had to be sent and it was officially signed at 3:09 p.m. on November 11, 1889. Washington actually had a chance to become the 41st state, but because of Gov. Moore's oversight, Montana beat us by three days, so we had to settle for 42nd. 


If you're looking to take part in the celebration, you can tweet "Happy Birthday Washington #WA125" at 3:09 p.m.


We were wondering, if you were going to get the State of Washington a birthday present, what would it be? Let us know on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/KHQLocalNews

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