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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1894, Queen Liliuokalani abdicated her throne and surrendered to the Republic of Hawaii. This event took place on July 25th, marking a turning point in Hawaiian history as the island nation was annexed by the United States just five years later.

2. On July 25, 1915, The Honolulu Advertiser published a front-page story that launched a new era in Hawaii’s aviation history. The article proclaimed that the first air mail service in the world would be launched from the islands.

3. On July 25, 1946, the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) conducted the first atomic bomb tests in the Pacific Ocean around Bikini Atoll. The tests devastated the environment and caused long-lasting health problems for the islanders and military personnel involved in the operation.

4. In 1959, on July 25th, the USS Arizona Memorial was dedicated at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. The memorial stands as a tribute to the 1,177 sailors and Marines who died on the battleship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

5. On July 25, 1969, President Richard Nixon made an unprecedented visit to Hawaii. During his visit, he discussed the Vietnam War with top military officials and made a historic speech to the people of Hawaii, where he reaffirmed the importance of the United States' relationship with Asia and the Pacific region.
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