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5 Fun Facts About May 15 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1792, British explorer and navigator George Vancouver arrived in Hawaii and became the first European to explore the island of Maui. He also named the islands after his friend, the British Earl of Sandwich.

2. In 1905, the Mauna Loa Observatory was established on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the oldest and most important observatories in the world for studying the Earth's atmosphere.

3. In 1919, the first sugar workers' strike in Hawaii began on May 15. It lasted for 94 days and was a watershed moment for workers' rights in the islands. The strike was led by Japanese and Filipino immigrants who were seeking better working conditions and higher wages.

4. In 1945, May 15 was the day that famous composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. Bernstein, who was born and raised in Massachusetts, had been studying music in Hawaii at the time and used the opportunity to impress the world with his talent.

5. In 1972, the Hawaii State Legislature passed the Hawaii State Constitution, which established Hawaii as a sovereign entity and recognized the native Hawaiian people as the original inhabitants of the islands. The constitution remains in effect today and is a symbol of the state's unique cultural heritage.
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