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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1898, the United States annexed Hawaii as its territory. The Annexation Act was signed into law by President William McKinley on July 6, 1898.

2. On July 6, 1934, the first Aloha Week celebration was held in Honolulu. The event was created to celebrate Hawaiian culture and is now known as the Aloha Festivals, a month-long celebration that takes place every September.

3. In 1957, the Pali Tunnel was opened in Honolulu. The tunnel connects the windward and leeward sides of the island of Oahu and is a major transportation route for residents and tourists alike.

4. On July 6, 1994, the USS Missouri arrived in Pearl Harbor to serve as a floating museum. The battleship was the site of the signing of the Japanese surrender in World War II and is now open to visitors as part of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.

5. In 2007, Hawaii became the first state in the United States to ban smoking in public places. The law went into effect on July 6, 2006, making it illegal to smoke in restaurants, bars, and other public places throughout the state.
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