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This Day In Founders History – 21 August
On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress was informed that a large collection of tar was made at Wilmington, North Carolina and that the enemy’s fleet was upon the southern coast. “Resolved, That it be earnestly recommended to the executive power of North Carolina, to cause all the military and naval stores in the said State, to be removed to places of security. . . that the same should not fall into the enemy’s hands; and that such stores should be destroyed rather than to be possessed by the enemy.”
1776 on this day, the Continental Congress a report from the Committee on Spies was taken into consideration and “Resolved, That all persons, not members of, nor owing allegiance to, any of the United States of America . . . who shall be found lurking as spies in or about the fortifications or encampments of the armies . . . shall suffer death, according to the law and usage of nations, by sentence of a court martial, or such other punishment as such court martial shall direct.
In 1959 on this day, President Eisenhower signed the bill making the Kingdom of Hawai’i, Republic of Hawaii and Hawaii Territory the 50th state of the union as the State of Hawaii.