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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Hawaii History

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1. On October 14, 1778, British explorer Captain James Cook became the first European to set foot on the Hawaiian Islands, near present-day Kauai. He named the archipelago the "Sandwich Islands" after his patron, the Earl of Sandwich.

2. In 1893, on October 14, a group of American businessmen and sugar barons organized and carried out a coup against Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani, overthrowing her government and establishing a republic controlled by the United States.

3. On October 14, 1959, Hawaii's first public television station, KHET-TV, went on the air. The station served as the state's primary source for educational programming and became an important source of cultural and community programming.

4. In 1968, on October 14, the USS Scorpion, a United States Navy submarine, sank in deep water off the coast of Hawaii. All 99 crew members were lost in the tragedy, and the cause of the sinking remains a mystery to this day.

5. On October 14, 1976, Hawaiian yachtsman Eddie Aikau embarked on a fateful voyage to deliver traditional Hawaiian artifacts from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard the Hokule'a. Aikau was lost at sea when the canoe capsized in a storm, but the incident sparked a renewed interest in traditional Polynesian navigation and led to the founding of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
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