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Hawaii’s Statehood Day commemorates Hawaii’s admission as a state on August 21, 1959.

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What's the background of Hawaii's Statehood Day? 

Hawaii's Statehood Day commemorates the day Hawaii became the 50th state of the USA.

"Already in 1898, the United States had annexed Hawaii for strategic reasons during the Spanish-American War. During World War II, Oahu served as the command post for the US operations in the Pacific. After the war, two-thirds of the residents favored statehood.

However, because of the many ethnicities present, there was resistance to Hawaii’s statehood from segregated southern states. A primary election took place in Hawaii on June 27, 1959, and various statehood propositions received many votes on that day. Following the certification of the election results, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation on August 21, 1959, declaring Hawaii to be the 50th state. This was known as Admission Day until 2001."