August 21st

August 21st

On this day in 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state of America.

President Dwight Eisenhower announced its statehood, and fireworks and partying ensued across Hawaii – for some it was the end of a 110 year struggle, but for others it meant the possible destruction of the unique Hawaiian culture.

The Bill for Statehood was passed in March the year before hand, and consisted of a petition of 120, 000 signatures that weighed 113kg and was over 1.6km long.

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