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5 Fun Facts About August 24 In Hawaii History

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1. The first known case of the bubonic plague in Hawaii was reported on August 24, 1899. The victim was a Chinese immigrant who had recently arrived in Honolulu.

2. On August 24, 1912, the Maui County Fair and Racing Association was incorporated. The fair has since become an annual event and is one of the largest agricultural fairs in Hawaii.

3. On August 24, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th state of the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation of admission on this day.

4. In 1981, Hurricane Iwa hit the Hawaiian Islands on August 24, causing significant damage. The storm was the first major hurricane to make landfall in Hawaii since Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

5. The University of Hawaii at Manoa was founded on August 24, 1907. The university is the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system and is known for its strong programs in tropical agriculture and oceanography.
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