1. In 1846, the first American Consul to the Kingdom of Hawaii, Joel Townsend, was sworn in on July 29th. Townsend had a significant impact on US-Hawaii relations and paved the way for increased trade between the two nations.
2. On July 29, 1893, the Committee of Safety, a group of American businessmen and sugar planters, overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy and established a provisional government. This led to the eventual annexation of Hawaii to the United States in 1898.
3. The USS San Francisco, a United States Navy cruiser, was commissioned on July 29, 1934, and played a significant role in World War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal.
4. In 1958, Hawaii officially became the 50th state of the United States on July 29th. Statehood was a long-awaited achievement for Hawaii's residents, who had been fighting for recognition and equal rights for decades prior.
5. On July 29, 1975, Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, was pardoned posthumously by the Governor of Hawaii for his 1913 conviction on racially-biased charges. Johnson's legacy as a trailblazing athlete and advocate for civil rights has continued to inspire generations.
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