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Hawaii Becomes a State

United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state in the Union on August 21, 1959.

Hawaii is one of the smallest states in America and is comprised entirely of small islands. The first settlers recorded there were of Polynesian descent, and the state is rich in its Pacific Islander culture.

For many years before its induction into the United States, Hawaii was used by American traders for its sandalwood and sugar cane resources. There were people who opposed Hawaii becoming a state, but their arguments were trumped by the value and strategic importance of Hawaii’s natural geography and location.

Sources: History, Yahoo News

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Nicole Kidman’s Birthday

Critically-acclaimed actress Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents are Australian, so she was granted dual citizenship for both the United States and Australia. At the age of four, Kidman moved back to Australia with her parents, which is where she spent the majority of her youth.

Following immense national success from an Australian Christmas movie, Nicole Kidman was catapulted into stardom. She has since acted in many popular feature films, including: Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Moulin Rouge! (2001), and The Stepford Wives (2004), to name a few.

Nicole Kidman has two adopted children of whom she shares custody with her ex-husband, actor Tom Cruise. Kidman has two other children with her current husband and popular country singer, Keith Urban.

Happy Birthday Nicole Kidman!

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day celebrates the monarch that united the islands of Hawaii in 1810. The day was first celebrated in 1872 and is now an official state holiday in Hawaii.

Though the holiday is formally on June 11 each year, the islands have activities honoring the King throughout the week and weekend. Islanders celebrate with parades and ceremonies, and his statues are draped with leis.

To read more about the scheduled events, check out hawaiimagazine.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, TimeandDate.com

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