Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Happy 169th birthday, Florida!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM


Today is Florida's birthday! Purchased from Spain and admitted to the Union on March 3, 1845, we snuck in right after Michigan but before Texas (YOU HEAR THAT, TEXAS? WE'RE OLDER, SO WE GET DIBS ON THE NINTENDO). That's 169 glorious years of oranges, shark attacks, and enough humidity to stun a yak. Sure, we may not have breathtaking mountains like Colorado or pretty sunflowers like Kansas, but we did give the world Delta Burke, so it all evens out.

Now, in the words of esteemed Florida resident Robert Van Winkle, "Yo, VIP ... let's kick it!"

Tags: , , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


© 2022 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation