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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Hawaii History

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1. In 1887, King Kalakaua sailed to the United States from Hawaii to attend the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Kalakaua was the first foreign head of state to visit the United States in an official capacity.

2. In 1900, the Republic of Hawaii officially became a territory of the United States. September 6 marks the anniversary of this event. Hawaii remained a territory for 59 years before becoming the 50th state in 1959.

3. In 1922, the very first radio broadcast was made in Hawaii by station KGMB. The station aired music, news, and weather reports.

4. In 1991, Hurricane Iniki made landfall on the island of Kauai, causing widespread destruction and leaving thousands homeless. The hurricane was the most powerful to hit Hawaii in recorded history and resulted in over $1.8 billion in damage.

5. On September 6, 2014, Hawaii became the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21. The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21, including cigarettes, cigars, and electronic cigarettes.
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