August 2019

This Day in History: Hawaii Becomes 50th State

August 21, 1959. U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower  signed the proclamation that  admitted the series of  Pacific islands to the Union. Polynesian explorers are  thought to have first settled  on the island in the eighth century. The last reigning monarch,  Queen Liliuokalani, was  deposed by a group of U.S. Marines  and American expatriates in 1893. Hawaii was officially  annexed by the U.S. in 1898,  following the Spanish-American War. A important region strategically  and for the sugar industry, the volcanic islands became a territory in 1900. Following the bombing of  Pearl Harbor in 1941, Hawaii  became firmly established  in the American identity.