Also known as the "The Main Street of America," Route 66 was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois, in a south-westerly direction to Los Angeles, California, for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km). It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. More direct routes and increasingly sophisticated engineering techniques led to its being decommissioned in what year?
Back in the day
The Homestead Act provided for the transfer of 160 acres of unoccupied public land to each homesteader at $1.25 an acre after 6 months of residence, or for a nominal fee after 5 years of residence. The government had previously sold land to settlers in the West for revenue purposes, but as the West became politically stronger, Congress was pressured to guarantee free land to settlers. In 1976, the law expired in all states but one, where it ended in 1986; which state was this?
Born on a day like today
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was a popular entertainer and singer in Hawaii who was also referred to as "Bruddah Iz." He began playing music with his older brother Skippy at the age of 11 and became an international success when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" became a favorite anthem and has been featured in several movies and commercials. What rare honor did the state of Hawaii bestow upon him after his death?