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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Hawaii History

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1. Hawaii's first official newspaper, Ka Lama Hawaii, was published on March 1, 1834. The newspaper was written in both Hawaiian and English and focused on news and cultural elements that were relevant to the Hawaiian people.

2. On March 1, 1872, King Kamehameha V signed the "Act To Prevent The Spread of Leprosy" which was the first law in the world mandating that people with leprosy be forcibly removed from their communities and isolated in remote locations. This law led to the establishment of the "Leprosy Colony" on the island of Molokai.

3. On March 1, 1913, the Territory of Hawaii officially adopted the flag that is still in use today. The design of the flag features eight stripes of red, white and blue which represent the eight main islands of Hawaii, and the Union Jack in the upper left corner represents Hawaii's historical connection to the British Empire.

4. The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor was dedicated on March 1, 1962. The memorial is built over the remains of the USS Arizona battleship which was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial honors the 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the attack and serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served in the US military.

5. On March 1, 2020, Hawaii reported its first case of COVID-19. The state soon implemented a series of measures to slow the spread of the virus including mandatory masks, quarantine requirements for travelers, and limitations on gatherings. Despite these measures, Hawaii has experienced several waves of infections and has had to adjust its policies to keep its residents safe.
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