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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1960, a powerful earthquake measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale struck Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. The earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed 61 people and caused more than $75 million in damage. It is still considered the deadliest natural disaster in Hawaii's modern history.

2. In 1975, the Hawaii State Legislature overrode Governor George Ariyoshi's veto of a bill that allowed collective bargaining for public employees. This marked a significant shift in Hawaii's labor landscape and paved the way for better working conditions and wages for thousands of workers across the state.

3. On October 29, 1999, Hawaiian Airlines Flight 61 crashed shortly after takeoff from Lihue Airport on Kauai. The pilot and co-pilot were killed, but the 12 passengers on board survived thanks to the quick thinking and heroic actions of a flight attendant who deployed the emergency slides and helped evacuate the plane.

4. In 2006, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. This marked a major victory for LGBTQ rights advocates and paved the way for Hawaii to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2013.

5. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast of the United States, causing widespread damage and power outages. While Hawaii was not directly impacted by the storm, the state did send a team of emergency responders to assist with the relief effort in affected areas.
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