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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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