|State Flag in Front of City Hall|
A few days before, Gold had been discovered on the American River, and the resulting Gold Rush accelerated California's statehood. A heated debate in Congress ensued, arising from the Slavery issue. Ultimately, California was admitted to the Union, as a free, non-slavery state, on September 9, 1850.
I prepared this post quite some time ago, and was saving it for September 9. Naturally, I forgot all about my mostly-efficient idea, and am having my celebration a day late...
So, Happy Day-After-Admission-Day to the State that raised me!