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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Hawaii History

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1. On February 6, 1893, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown in a coup led by American businessmen, with the support of the United States government. Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate and Hawaii was annexed by the United States five years later.

2. February 6 is also celebrated as Waitangi Day in New Zealand, which recognizes the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the British Crown and Maori chiefs in 1840. Many Maori people had migrated to Hawaii in the 19th century, and their presence influenced Hawaiian culture and politics.

3. In 1959, February 6 marked a significant day in Hawaiian history as it was the day on which President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation admitting Hawaii as the 50th state of the United States.

4. The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa departed from Honolulu on February 6, 2017 on its three-year worldwide voyage named "Mālama Honua", which aimed to promote global sustainability and cultural exploration.

5. On February 6, 1965, Honolulu-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, became the first Asian-American astronaut to be selected by NASA. He later died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986, and is remembered as a hero in Hawaii and beyond.
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