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5 Fun Facts About April 20 In Hawaii History

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1. The first ever Hawaii-Cuban treaty was signed on April 20, 1903, which helped establish a trade relationship between the two countries. The treaty allowed for the importation of sugar, tobacco, and other goods from Cuba to Hawaii, while Hawaii could export its products such as pineapples and coffee to Cuba.

2. On April 20, 1934, the United States Congress passed The Gold Reserve Act, which effectively ended the gold standard and made it illegal for individuals to own private possession of gold coins, bars or certificates of all greater than $100 face value. This caused a significant impact on Hawaii's economy as it relied heavily on the production of gold and silver.

3. On April 20, 1972, the launch of the Apollo 16 mission carried astronaut Duke Kahanamoku's Olympic gold medal into space. Kahanamoku, known as "The Duke," was born in Honolulu and became an Olympic champion swimmer, winning three gold medals and two silver medals in the early 20th century.

4. In 1994, April 20 was declared "Duke Kahanamoku Day" in Hawaii in honor of the Olympic champion swimmer who put surfing on the world map. He is known as the "Father of surfing" and has his statue erected in Waikiki, which is the famous surf spot.

5. On April 20, 2010, an explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig led to one of the worst environmental disasters in American history, with millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico. Hawaii's tourism industry, which relies heavily on a pristine environment, felt the impact of the spill as it affected the perception of tourists who wished to visit the beaches in Hawaii.
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