1. In 1848, King Kamehameha III proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be held annually on November 29. This became a popular tradition and was eventually recognized as a national holiday in Hawaii.
2. In 1890, the famous Hawaiian musician and composer, Joseph Kekuku, was born in Laie. Kekuku is credited with inventing the steel guitar and is considered a pioneer of Hawaiian music.
3. In 1917, the USS Arizona was launched at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The ship would go on to serve in World War II and was famously sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
4. In 1975, the University of Hawaii men's basketball team upset the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in a thrilling game at the Honolulu International Center. The victory remains one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history.
5. In 2002, Hawaii became the first state to ban the use of cell phones while driving. The law, which went into effect on November 29 of that year, aimed to reduce distracted driving and improve road safety.
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