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Hawai`i becomes a state

In March, President Eisenhower signed into law legislation enabling Hawai'i to become the 50th state. A general plebiscite held June 27 offered voters a choice between becoming a state or not becoming a state. Votes for accepting statehood won overwhelmingly. The single precinct to reject statehood status was Ni'ihau, the only island populated entirely by Hawaiians. Statehood was finalized August 21 with a presidential proclamation admitting Hawai'i to the Union. With statehood, a portion of government and crown lands ceded to the federal government at the time of Annexation was returned to the state to administer.

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The Admission Act (Actual Full Text)
www.hawaii-nation.org/admission.html

A newspaper article remembers attaining Statehood (Star-Bulletin)
starbulletin.com/1999/10/18/special/story4.html

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