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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Hawaii History

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1. On June 11, 1900, Hawaii officially became a U.S. territory under the Hawaii Organic Act. This act established a government for the territory and granted certain rights to the Hawaiian people.
2. In 1935 on this date, the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island erupted, causing widespread damage and leading to the evacuation of thousands of people.
3. On June 11, 1942, the Battle of Midway began—a key naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The battle ultimately resulted in a decisive victory for the United States and marked a turning point in the war.
4. In 1963, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin became the first daily newspaper in Hawaii to publish in full its annual salary list of government officials, sparking controversy and debate about transparency in government.
5. On June 11, 1975, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled in the case of Rice v. Cayetano that the requirement that only people of certain Hawaiian ancestry could vote in elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs was unconstitutional under the 15th Amendment. This landmark decision helped pave the way for greater representation and recognition of Native Hawaiians in the political process.
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